Große Synagoge - Dohany Street Synagogue

Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest 2015

The Great Synagogue in Dohany Street, German Tobacco Street, also known as the Tobacco Temple, is a synagogue erected in 1854-59 by the Viennese architect Ludwig Förster in Moorish style for the Pester Jewish community in Budapest.

Jews have been in Budapest for Buda since the 11th, Pest for the 15th century. In Pest Jews were not allowed to settle again until the late 18th century.

The building complex also includes the Jewish Museum of Budapest, erected on the site of the parents’ house of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism. The new building was built for this purpose in 1930-1931 and contains pieces of the Pester Chewra Kadischa and now also reminds of the Holocaust.


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