Szeged New Synagogue

About the building
The new synagogue and the head office of Jewish community could plan Lipót Baumhorn based on a contest of design. The building operation began in the August of 1907 and ended by October. We can recognise nearly all architectural styles in this monumental 48,5 meter (158,5 feet) tall moorish-art nouveau building, its insertion by sprandrels, the rib-like wall above the organ is Gothic, the columns holding the galleries are Roman.

The most beautiful part of the synagogue is the interior of the dome, which symbolizes the world. According to the teachings of Jewish religion, morality is determined by three factors: work, culture, good deeds. In biblical language this can be expressed by four wonds, which are painted in Hebrew on the gussets above the colums holding the dome. The 24 colums of the drum of the cupola represent the 24 hours of a day, above it the briar - bush flowers on a blue background symbolize faith. Above the greenish-brown ornamentation representing vegetation, the experience of infinite space manifests itself in the gradually darkening star-strewn blue glass dome. In the middle is the Star of David (Magen David), around it the sun's rays, which can be illuminated, crown the firmament. The dome and all the lead glasses were created by Miksa Róth.

To the altar belong the bronze candelabra, similar to those in the sanctuary of the temple in Jerusalem-destroyed by the Roman emperor Titus in 70 A. D. The middle two are gilded, all are ornamented with semi-precious stones. Above the altar rises a small dome, which is a simplified version of the building's dome. Behind it can be found the places of the organ and the choir. In the inside decoration had a great part Immanuel Lőw (1854-1944) Chief Rabbi, who helped the architect in selecting the biblical motives of the altar, the ornaments of the walls and the windows. The lead glasses are the works of Miksa Róth, they show the events of the year in the synagogue from the weekdays, on the Saturday and commemorating all the Jewish feasts, symbolizing them.

Opening hours:
1st April - 30th September
Monday-Friday: 10.00 a.m - 12.00 p.m, 1.00 p.m - 5.00 p.m
Saturday: closed
Sunday: 10.00 a.m - 12.00 p.m, 1.00 p.m - 5.00 p.m

1st October - 31th March
Monday-Friday: 9.00 a.m - 2.00 p.m
Saturday: closed
Sunday: 9.00 a.m - 2.00 p.m

Entrance fees:
Adults: 500 HUF
Discounted tickets: 250 HUF

Address: 6722 Szeged, Jósika utca 10.
Phone: +36 62 423 849


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