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Address: Rehov HaYehudim 89, Jerusalem 9751909, Israel
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Phone Number: +972 2-626-5922
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri 09:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Since its original construction in 1700 by the followers of Rabbi Judah,...

Since its original construction in 1700 by the followers of Rabbi Judah, the Hurva has been been destroyed twice in order to weaken the presence of Jews in the Old City. The Hurva tells the story of the rebirth and renewal of the Jewish community in the Old City of Jerusalem. The site features a massive ark, and an amazing 360 degree view of the Old City from the observation deck.

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Rebuilding history

The Hurva Synagogue has been destroyed several times. In 1948, the Jordanians destroyed the shul after capturing the Old City. After the reunification of the city in 1967, it was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Jay K
Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Hurva Synagogue has been destroyed several times. In 1948, the Jordanians destroyed the shul after capturing the Old City. After the reunification of the city in 1967, it was unclear whether the shul would be rebuilt. Visitors Jerusalem may remember the arches that were on the site as a memorial to thsi magnificent building. Finally, the decision was made... More 

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was the nicest synagogue which I´ve visited in Jerusalem. The entrance is not free but I can really recomend the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to see some great views you should come visit this synagogue. The synagogue itself and its history is amazing but also the views are wonderful- just climb up on the roof of the synagogue is where you should go for views

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Kew Gardens, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Hurva Synagogue has been entirely, and painstakingly rebuilt, using old photographs and documents. It should be viewed from the main floor and from the women's gallery, as well. The Paroches (the Curtains of the Holy Ark) are a work of art to behold--the gates outside hand-soldered by metal-artisans. Candelabras, seats--don't miss a detail. By all means, go with a... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

A must when visiting Jerusalem to learn about the importance of the old city for the Jewish people having returned home

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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

1948, in the Israeli Independence War the Hurva Synagogue was complitely destroyed. Due to its eminent importance for Jewish life there were always plans to rebuild the synagogue and in 2010 the new one got consecrated. The Hurva Synagogue is located at the Ha-Khurba Square, on the way from the Cardo to the Western Wall.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I had never been in a Synagogue and this one was perfect, in the heart of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City. For a nominal fee I got the headset in English which led me on a wonderful tour of the building. There is a steep spiral staircase that takes one to a railing high on the dome. Great... More 

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Boulogne Billancourt
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

There is a very nice view on the rooftop. It is also interesting to see the students who are studying. However the current building doesn't offer a high feeling of spirituality.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

It's really wonderful to enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful building. 1864 the Vilna Gaon’s disciples built a new synagogue on top of the ruins of the previous one. This tall and prominent building became a symbol of the Jewish Quarter. During Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, Jordanian soldiers of the Arab Legion blew up the synagogue. They... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Hurva means ruins and the Jews basically went through wars and other adversaries to have this glorious synagogue built. You can manage to get in for free to pray from the side or if you're a Jew. If you go as a tourist you pay some shekel and get an audio guide. Best part is all the way to the... More 

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