Budapest Building 1st Shul in 80 Years

The construction of Budapest’s first synagogue in 80 years began Sunday, as the first stone was laid down in a ceremony, the town hall of the city’s Csepel neighborhood announced Monday.

“There hasn’t been a new synagogue constructed in Budapest for 80 years. Our town hall has contributed (to this project) by supplying the land for the construction for free,” it said in a statement.

Building commenced on the same date as the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The town hall said construction of the synagogue is expected to be completed in 2014.

The synagogue, built to act as both a religious and cultural meeting point, is expected to host 120 people at a time.


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