The most visited synagogues in the world include some of the largest and oldest centers of Jewish worship and cultural life. From Europe’s biggest synagogue to medieval synagogues that date back to the 13th century, these storied structures are located in Europe and Israel.
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Here are the most popular synagogues worldwide, according to the Visited app:
- Great Synagogue – also known as The Dohány Street Synagogue – in Budapest, Hungary, is the largest synagogue in Europe and the most visited synagogue in the world. The majestic historic structure seats 3,000 people and is a center of Neolog Judaism.
- Old New Synagogue also called Altneuschul, located in Josefov, Prague, Czech Republic, is the oldest active synagogue in Europe. The medieval Gothic structure was completed in 1270.
- Cordoba Synagogue is a medieval synagogue in Cordoba, Spain, that was built in 1315. The historic structure is the only preserved synagogue in the Andalusian region of Spain after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492.
- The Great Synagogue of Florence and the Jewish Museum of Florence is one of the largest synagogues and Jewish cultural preservation centers in southern Europe, located in Florence, Italy.
- Spanish Synagogue is the newest synagogue in Prague Jewish Town, in the Czech Republic. The structure was built in 1868 in a Moorish Revival style, inspired by the art of the Arabic period of Spanish history.
6. Grand Synagogue of Paris or Synagogue de la Victoire dates back to 1874 when it opened its doors in Paris, France, practicing in the Ashkenazi-Alsacian Jewish tradition. The synagogue is the official seat of the Chief Rabbi of France.
7. The Belz Great Synagogue is one of the biggest synagogues in Israel and was built by the Belz Hasidic community in Jerusalem. The iconic structure took 15 years to build and was completed in 2000.
8. Old Synagogue in Erfurt, Germany, is one of the oldest medieval synagogues in Europe, with some parts dating back to the 11th century. The synagogue includes exhibition rooms with artifacts that have been found during excavations of the structure, including 3,140 silver coins, 14 silver ingots, and about 6,000 works of goldsmithery.
9. Main Synagogue of Barcelona also known as the Ancient Synagogue of Barcelona, is a historic medieval synagogue in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The synagogue offers guided tours as well as religious services.
10. Jubilee Synagogue also known as the Jerusalem Synagogue is the largest and newest synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic.
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