The Great Synagogue on Dohány Street, largest Synagogue in Europe

Weeping Willow Tree Jewish Memorial Budapest
We took a guided tour of the Dohany Street Synagogue with a small group.  We found it fascinating, touching, and inspiring.  Parts of the museum were handicap accessible and others were not.  They did have an elevator to help me get to the second floor.  I was content to wait for the others while they climbed the stairs to the other floors.

The Byzantine-Moorish style synagogue constructed between 1844-1859 was unique unto itself, nothing like we had ever seen.  The largest synagogue in Europe, 3,000 people can enter.  The onion-shaped domes atop the twin towers symbolize the two columns of Solomon’s Temple.

The synagogue was very handicapped friendly and I was able to see all the main floor.  I did not try the balcony, therefore I am not sure if there was an elevator.  

The Weeping Willow Tree is a beautiful reminder of the victims of the Holocaust.  The Raul Wallenberg Memorial Park was completely handicapped and disabled friendly.  We could access all parts of the memorial.

Raul Wallenberg Memorial Park
– The Raul Wallenberg Memorial Park, home to the Holocaust Memorial, is located in the backyard of the Great Synagogue. The Holocaust Memorial, also known as the Emanuel Tree, is a weeping willow tree (by Imre Varga) with the names of Hungarian Jews killed during the Holocaust inscribed on each leaf. The memorial was sponsored by the Emanuel Foundation of New York. The foundation was created in 1987 by Tony Curtis in honor of his father, Emanuel Schwartz, who emigrated to New York from Mátészalka in Hungary.

Also part of the memorial are four red marble plates, commemorating 240 non-Jewish Hungarians who saved Jews during the Holocaust. One of the most heroic figures of the Holocaust in Hungary was Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who prepared Protective Passports under the authority of the Swedish Embassy, saving the lives of thousands of Jews.

Address:  Dohány utca 2-8. in district VII., at an angle to Károly körút, between Deák tér and Astoria Tel: +36 1 317 2754

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