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Szeged Synagogue, Szeged

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The Szeged Synagogue (Hungarian: Szegedi zsinagóga) is a synagogue in Szeged, Hungary. It is a 1902 building designed by the Jewish Hungarian architect Lipót Baumhorn (1860–1932), whose work is considered to contain the finest examples of the unique fin de siècle Hungarian blending of Art Nouveau and Historicist styles sometimes known as Magyar style. It served Szeged's large Neolog community.

The building's interior, with its 48.5 meters (159 feet) tall domed ceiling, draws on multiple historical styles to produce its overall Art Nouveau/Moorish Revival style. The rib-like wall above the organ has Gothic origins, while the columns supporting the galleries are Roman.
The interior of the great dome, and all of the building's stained glass, are the work of the artist Miksa Róth.
The design of the Torah Ark alludes to the Holy of Holies in the Temple of Solomon by using sittimwood from the banks of Nile, the wood called for in the building of the Temple of Solomon in 1 Kings. The hinges are in the shape of the Hyssop plant, a plant used in the ancient Temple service.
The Szeged Synagogue is the second largest in Hungary after the Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest, and the 4th largest in the world.
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  • A very nice, very detailde building in the city centre. The small surrounding park is also well kept and nice. You can also have a visit inside, but check opening hours on the website before visiting. 
    A very nice, very detailde building in the city centre. The small surrounding park is also well kept and nice. You can also have a visit inside, but check opening hours on the website before visiting.  more »
  • Undoubtedly it is one of the most amazing buildings in Szeged. Personally, I prefer the synagogue to the Votive Church. It has been renovated and looks really nice. 
    Undoubtedly it is one of the most amazing buildings in Szeged. Personally, I prefer the synagogue to the Votive Church. It has been renovated and looks really nice.  more »
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  • What a grandiose architectural achievement! It alone is well worth the visit to the small city of Szeged. The dome is amazing as well as stained glass windows. Pictures simply don’t do it justice. Look around for ornaments and pictures of flora and fauna from Biblical times. Climb on the gallery and admire the organ, and view from above. Amazing is an understatement!
  • The building itself is beautiful. both exterior and interior. Entrance is not free, and if this bothers you, maybe you should skip the synagogue. One thing that is totally missing in my opinion is historical context or any sort of historical background. As far as I read on wikipedia from the thriving jewish community of 8000 pre world war II, only 300 remained. As far as I saw this was not mentioned nor any other historical facts about the community. Anyway this is not a museum just an interesting building.

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