Panorama of the Week: Great Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary

The Great Synagogue (aka, Dohány Street Synagogue) in Budapest is the largest synagogue in Europe (and 2nd largest in the world). We stumbled upon it while strolling around Budapest on an autumn day and were taken back by its architectural design and unusual colorful exterior.

Originally built in the mid-19th century, the synagogue was destroyed by Nazi and Allied bombings during World War II. After the end of the Cold War, the synagogue was reconstructed over the course of a decade with the help of private donations. Today, you can see the Great Synagogue restored to its original glory and in use for its original purpose.

360-Degree Panorama: Great Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary

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  1. says

    @Henry: We haven’t been inside the synagogue (it was closed), but were really impressed by the exterior design and color. Would love to return to see what’s on the interior.

  2. says

    This is one of the rare gems of Budapest, and a really astounding building…I went to see it several times, but it was always closed unfortunately. I would really love to take a peek inside!

  3. says

    @HW: The great synagogue in Budapest also struck us, obviously. It’s not one of the big iconic buildings you often see in Budapest literature, but definitely worth seeking out.

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