Post-Concert, Pre-City Tour: Dohány Street Synagogue

Instead of having lunch, a few of us elected to visit the Dohány Street Synagogue, which is the largest synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world.

The group on the steps

Front row: Amie, Sarah, Judy
Back row: Richard (Sarah’s husband), Jen G., Diane, Marguerite, Allan

I’m not included because I took the photo. You can imagine me standing next to Judy if you like.

Synagogue Steps

And then they went up the steps.

inside

ceiling & dome

The interior, like the exterior, is colorful and very beautiful, but it felt more like a cathedral than I expected it to. This is because, apparently, it was designed by a man who was not himself Jewish and had never been in a synagogue in his life. Mind you, neither am I nor had I before today, so I don’t really have room to point fingers.

garden

Connected to the synagogue is the memorial garden, very green and full of pigeons. And beautiful as well, of course.

On a completely unrelated note:

One of the trollies that run through Budapest

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