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Budapest: Jewish Budapest: Synagogues, the Cemetery & the Holocaust

Rick Steves says, “With an elegant history cut brutally short by the Holocaust, Pest’s Jewish Quarter is gradually restoring its once-grand sights and embracing its long-dormant heritage.” There are several synagogues in the neighborhood. At the Great Synagogue there is also a Jewish museum and a memorial garden.

The Great Synagogue is the biggest in Europe
The Great Synagogue is the biggest in Europe

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Holocaust memorial garden
Holocaust memorial garden

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the Tree of Life in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park at the Great Synagogue
the Tree of Life in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park at the Great Synagogue
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detail

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The Orthodox Synagogue
The Orthodox Synagogue

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Synagogue at Rumbach Street
Synagogue at Rumbach Street

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Jewish food in the Jewish quarter
Jewish food in the Jewish quarter

The Jewish cemetery was in the outskirts of Budapest, an interesting trip since I’d only been in the older center until then. I took a tram and passed poorer areas than I’d seen, including housing projects and industrial areas. The only beautiful architecture was churches, schools and one gymnasium. The cemetery was at the end of the line.

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Not a grave, common in Central Europe, a memorial to a family murdered in the holocaust
Not a grave, common in Central Europe, a memorial to a family murdered in the holocaust
The cemetery also, of course, had a large holocaust memorial of its own
The cemetery also, of course, had a large holocaust memorial of its own
lists and lists of names
lists and lists of names
The tombs of the rich were along the perimeter
The tombs of the wealthy around the perimeter

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the interior

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