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Sion Neolog Synagogue

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The city is a mosaic of culture and one stunning example is the Sion Neolog Synagogue. This iconic building offers a show of stained glass, colour and light, at every visit. It is the third largest neolog synagogue in Europe, a simplified, modern replica of the Nuremberg Synagogue, and it is worth visiting it.

Discover the history of the Jewish community in Oradea! 

 

The city is a centre of mosaic culture, which you should notice when you walk down its streets. Synagogues, memorial houses, or memorial plaques are here to remind visitors of the community's tumultuous past. At every visit, the Sion Neolog Synagogue offers a beautiful spectacle of stained-glass, light and colours.

 

The interesting combination of stylistic and decorative elements will charm you. The exterior is decorated in an eclectic style, with a Victorian touch specific to the end of the 19th century, reminders of the fact that the synagogue was built in 1878, in the centre of the New Town, as a modern replica of the Nuremberg Synagogue. With an architecture inspired by the Moorish style, it became known to the people of Oradea as the Temple of Zion, associated with the famous Chief Rabbi Doctor Lipot Kecskemeti.

The synagogue is a modern replica of the Nuremberg Synagogue

 

Built after the separation from the Jewish community in Oradea of a group of Reformed, or Neolog Jews, the synagogue becomes part of the architectural landscape of Oradea in 1878. The imposing eclectic building is based on plans made by Busch David and Rimanóczy Kálmán Senior. Compared to the Orthodox Synagogue, the Neolog Synagogue impresses by its volume, its grandeur and, last but not least, the extremely convenient location.

 

You can certainly not miss the most spectacular element on the southern façade - the five ample windows that align semi-circularly to suggest the idea of ​​a triumphal arch. Look carefully for some further details: the windows are topped with a beautiful wooden lacework of wooden rosettes with oriental motifs and an octagonal trajectory. The cast-iron details complete the decorative ensemble of the Synagogue, the railings of the interior stairs and of the pulpit area displaying a series of floral motifs typical for the Art Nouveau architecture.

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In front of the Synagogue, there is a welcoming terrace that serves Mediterranean cuisine, where you can stop for refreshment while admiring the panorama towards the banks of Crisul Repede river.

What to Do

How many walks does it take to fall in love with a city? When you're in Oradea, only one. Each route you start has something special to catch the eye. Whether you want to rediscover old history, enjoy a moment of reconnection in the middle of nature or a special evening in the city, Oradea and Bihor County will always have something to seduce you, regardless of the season.

What to See

Discover a lively, fresh, and welcoming city! Living energy in a surprising architectural landscape that includes: 89 Art Nouveau buildings and monuments, 26 buildings classified as historical monuments, 25 valuable buildings proposed for classification as historical monuments and 38 buildings with indisputable architectural value. Create your own itinerary for an unforgettable #citybreak in the #ArtNouveau city!

Travel Wise

Oradea is an old hub of many European trade routes and has always been easily accessible. Find out all the information about how to get to #Oradea, where to stay, what to visit, and what kind of activities you can book online for you and your friends and family! #FamilyTrip #Accessibility