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Dohány Street Synagogue
Dominating the intriguing Jewish quarter on the Pest side of the city, the Great Synagogue is a must-see for lovers of culture in general and Europe's Jewish history in particular. This is Europe's largest operating synagogue (the largest, in fact, outside New York City) on Donány Street, which was once the boundary for the Budapest Jewish Ghetto. Inside are stunning Romantic and Moorish architectural elements like rose windows and a monumental organ. Other parts of the complex include a Jewish cemetery, a small prayer area called the Heroes' Temple, and the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, built on the site of the home in which Theodor Herzl, the originator of modern Zionism, was born.
By Kimberly Bradley , AFAR Local Expert
Dohány Street Synagogue
It may not be the Castle, Váci Street or Heroes' Square, but if you really want to get to know the city, don't miss it. Established at the turn of the 19th century when the jewish community gathered in the 7th District. The center of this area became Király Street. In 2002 this historic neighborhood was entered into the World Heritage Conservation Zone. It is home to most of the city's Jewish cultural heritage sites, including the famous „Synagogue Triangle.” At Dohány Street 2. you will find the world's second largest and Europe's largest synagogue, the Dohány Street Synagogue. The site of this building is also the birthplace of Theodor Herzl, Father of Zionism. In the garden is the Martyrs' Cemetery and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Adjacent to the temple is the Jewish Museum. The second point of the Triangle is the synagogue on Rumbach Street, also known as „the little synagogue.” The third point is the Kazinczy Street Orthodox Synagogue. This area is home to kosher shops and Budapest's only mikveh (ritual bath). This historic district, as a part of the city's rehabilitation strategy some now very popular cafes, bars and summer music venues opened in buildings once considered for demolition.
In the Jewish quarter
The jewel of the Jewish quarter in Budapest is the synagogue. The whole area is worth exploring though because although neglected for decades, there is a small revival with artsy places springing up - and not to mention great coffee shops.
By Michael Adubato, AFAR Local Expert
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