26 Apr 18 Today we take a look at a lovely piece of art commonly known, among other names, as the Tree of Life. It resides in the courtyard of the Great Synagogue in Dohany Street in downtown Budapest. I'm going to use material taken directly from the Visit Budapest web page as I think it does an "adequate"job of telling about the Synagogue. We had the opportunity of visiting inside but decided against it due to time and health constraints. We likely missed out on something memorable, but since we had spent almost a quarter of a day in the Praha Synagogue we thought we had gotten a reasonable exposure to the events of WWII. In retrospect we likely made a big mistake.
"The Great Synagogue in Dohány Street (also known as Dohány Street Synagogue) is the largest Synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world, capable of accommodating 3,000 people. It was built between 1854 and 1859 in Moorish Revival or Neo-Moorish style, in the wake of Romanticism. Originally, there was a residential block next to the synagogue. In fact, Theodor Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement, was born in one of the houses located there. This site is now part of the complex and home to the Jewish Museum.
During the inter-war years, anti-Semitism grew quickly in Hungary. A series of anti-Jewish policies were passed, and fascist groups like the Arrow Cross Party started to attract more followers. Hungary became an ally of Germany and the Arrow Cross Party damaged the Synagogue in 1939. During World War II, the Great Synagogue served as a stable and as a radio communication center for the Germans. Today, the compound serves as the main center for the Jewish community."
I copped off a couple of big distractions (tourists) on the left otherwise this is what the camera recorded. Tried my best to get a shot sans tourists but ran out of both time and patience. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/800 sec @ f / 4.5.