Great Synagogue (Dohány Street Synagogue) 33 images Created 1 Nov 2011
The Great Synagogue also known as Dohány Street Synagogue (Dohány Utcai Zsinagóga/Nagy Zsinagóga) is the largest synagogue in the world outside of New York City and can seat 3000. Designed by Viennese architect Ludwig Förster & Frigyes Feszl in 1859, the synagogue contains Moorish architectural elements but its design also features a mixture of Byzantine, Romantic and Gothic elements. The building suffered severe damage from aerial raids during the Nazi Occupation and especially during the Siege of Budapest. It was renovated in 1996 funded by Estée Lauder, whose parents were Hungarian immigrants.