A tribute to the once-thriving Jewish community in Szeged, this synagogue was built in 1907. Created in a number of architectural styles, it is a monumental 49m (161-ft.) tall moorish Art Nouveau building. Its ornamented space between the right or left exterior curve of the arch and the enclosing right angle is the riblike wall above the organ in Gothic style. Roman columns support the galleries. The most beautiful part is the dome, but everywhere you look is awe inspiring. This is considered the masterpiece of architect Lipot Baumhorn, who was a disciple of Ödön Lechner and the most prolific and renowned synagogue architect in modern Europe. It occupies a full block, making it the second largest synagogue in Hungary. The synagogue is fully functioning and holds services at 6pm every Friday.
If you find the synagogue closed when it should be open, go to the address that's posted near the entrance and the caretaker will open the synagogue for you.
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