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The Holy Ark at the eastern wall with the Organ, the Great Synagogue, Budapest

The Great Synagogue (AKA Dohány Synagogue) in Budapest. What can I tell you, it is indeed great! Encompassing no less than 2964 seats (divided almost equally for men and women galleries) in a 53 by 26.5 meters area, this building was Designed by the Viennese architect Ludwig Foerster and built at mid of 19th century by the Neolog Jewish community. This formidable building is a mix style of Byzantine, Romantic and Gothic elements overlaid a basic Moorish style.
One of the most admirable and fascinating articles in this synagogue is the 5000-tube constructed organ, which stretch from the bottom of the "BIMA" almost all the way to the arched roof. While there, the organ was being adjusted and fine tuned, it's tunes rising high and elegantly over our guide, which gave a "fight" for our audible attention...

Apart from hosting the Synagogue, the restricted and secured area around the synagogue host the Hungarian Jewish heritage museum as well as the Jewish cemetery. Ironically, this synagogue was used by the Nazis as a concentration point for Budapest's Jews before they were sent to concentration camps and death (This horrible connection is well noted in a special monument at the back of this magnificent building).
More on this monument in next's post...

Bonus: See WS for a normal view of this facade...

Info was adapted from:
http://www.bh.org.il/Communities/Synagogue/Budapest.asp

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