This tour will take you to the former Jewish quarter of Bucharest. You will get to know better the history of Bucharest's Jewish community and see a part of the extraordinary Jewish heritage of the city.
What to Expect
You will begin your tour in the Jewish Museum opened in a beautiful former synagogue from 1836, the Holy Union Temple. The museum covers the history of Jews in Romania, including a small collection of paintings by Romanian Jewish painters and a collection of ritual Jewish objects.
The tour takes you further to the Great Synagogue from 1845, a historical monument. The synagogue features beautiful decorations and an exhibition about the Holocaust in Romania. You will have the opportunity to find out more about this chapter in Romania. Close to the Great Synagogue lies the State Jewish Theater. It was founded some 140 years ago as an Yiddish Theater. You will go inside the theater and hear the story of this great cultural institution. During the war, when Jewish actors were not allowed to play in Romanian theaters, Jewish actors were allowed to play here in the so-called Barasheum, under certain conditions.
You will continue your walk towards the Jewish Community Center, where you will meet some members of the Jewish Community of Bucharest. You will visit the center and find out more about the cultural activity of the community. After a further stroll through the former Jewish quarter, you will visit the Choral Temple, the main synagogue of Bucharest. It was built in Moorish style between 1864-1866. The Leopolstädter Temple, once the greatest synagogue of Vienna, which was destroyed during the Kristallnacht on November, 10th 1938, served as a model for the Choral Temple.
At the end of the tour, the tour guide will give you further information about other Jewish sites, which are hard to reach on a walking tour.
- English-speaking professional tours leader
What's Not Included
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees
At Piata Unirii (Union Square), in front of Hanul lui Manuc (there's also a Starbucks there).
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Know Before You Go
• Please bring your passport or ID with you.
• The Jewish Museum is being restored, only outside visit.