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Budapest Virtual Tour was extended with Váci street, Dohány street Synagogue and St. Michael church. You can explore the interior of the latter two buildings. 

Dohány street Synagogue

Synagogues became key religious buildings after the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. The Synagogue of Budapest is the world's second largest synagogue and it is the most monumental one together with the synagogue of Amsterdam. It was designed by Ludwig Förster in Moorish style, and it took four years to complete the building. Frederick Feszl, the famous architect of Vigado designed the interior of the sanctuary. The synagogue was officially inaugurated on 6th September 1859. The facade of the building is exactly in accordance with the religious requirements which means that it faces Jerusalem, so that’s why it is not entirely parallel to the axis of the street. The towers are of 44 metres heigh; you can read a Biblical quote above the main entrance: "Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them". The ghetto was established here in 1944, its entrance was accessible from Wesselényi street. More than 70.000 people crowded in the synagogue and surrounding buildings. Many of them starved or died of disease or were murdered by nazis, they were burried in the courtyard of the synagogue. Most of them are now burried in Jewish cemeteries, however 7000 unidentified dead are still placed here. A fragment of the wall of the ghetto was left at the courtyard to remind forthcoming generations of the sacrifices of thousands of innocent people. You can find a memorial statue designed by Imre Varga in Raoul Wallenberg Park which resembles a willow tree made of metal having names of some of the victims on its leaves.

 St. Michael church

Church of St Michael was built in the 18th century on the spot of a medieval dominican church destroyed during turkish wars. A temporary chapel was standing here between 1700 and 1716, present church was finished only by 1765. Figure of Virgin Mary adorning its frontal facade is considered to be created by Donner. Statues of Saint Dominic and Saint Thomas Aquinas carved by Joseph Hebenstreit also decorate this facade. The church had a vivid history in XIX. century: although destroyed by fire and floods, it managed to survive and got restored. The latest restoration started in 1999. The single-naved church was decorated with ceiling frescoes and side paintings in the middle of the 18th century. The main altar, inlaid benches, furniture of the sacristy date back to 1760, they are works of Dominican monks. The main altar shows St. Dominic with Virgin Mary handing a rosary to him. Statues of important religious persons in connection with the Dominican order can be found around the painting. On the left : statue of Pope Pius V. and St. Antoninus, Archbishop of Florence. On the right: St. Augustine and Pope Innocent V. The first organ of the church was built in 1801 by organ builder Joseph Herodek which was entirely rebuilt by company Rieger in 1893. It was again renovated in 1951. Baroque statues depicting King David playing the harp and two angels are shown on the top of the organ.