Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Kazinczy Street Orthodox Synagogue. Budapest

This beautiful Art Nouveau Orthodox synagogue was built between 1912 and 1913 by Sandor and Bela Loffler and incorporates many of the stylistic features and materials that made Hungarian Secessionist architecture so famous.

The stained glass windows in the ceiling were designed by Miksa Roth, the most famous stained glass maker of his time.

Miraculously the glass in the ceiling survived because there was an upper roof over the roof with the stained glass. 

 The building also incorporate Zsolnay tiles that adorned much Hungarian architecture,

The synagogue has been recently repainted.  The architectural historian Rudolph Klein said the colors will look more authentic in about twenty years after they have faded a bit,

During World War II, the Germans used the synagogue as a stables.  It was recently restored, primarily by money provided by UNESCO.

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