Óbuda Synagogue

Andreas Landesherr


Photograph of building exterior with five columns.
The Óbuda Synagogue in Budapest is the oldest functioning synagogue in Hungary. The building was inaugurated in 1821. Its restrained, neoclassical aesthetic was consistent with popular architectural trends in nineteenth-century Hungary, distinguished only by Hebrew inscriptions on the outer façade of the building. The Jewish community of Óbuda, at the time of the synagogue inauguration, had some 3,210 Jews, which was more than forty percent of the local population. It was a “golden age” for the community; the synagogue, with its Corinthian columns, was heralded by the Archduke Joseph (1797–1847) as “undoubtedly the most beautiful one of all similar Jewish religious establishments in the Austrian monarchy.”


Gross Family Collection.

Published in: The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, vol. 6.

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