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Rumbach Synagogue, Budapest

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The Rumbach Synagogue was designed in 1887 by Otto Wagner, the founder of Viennese Succession style of architecture. The Neo Moorish style was popular with Succession architects in Europe and the US. The Synagogue was in use until the end of WWII, when it was closed after the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz. It remained boarded up during the Soviet era, falling into considerable disrepair. The facade was restored in the late 1990s and there have been plans for restoring the interior but little progress has been made. Nonetheless, it has a sad beauty and the octagonal dome, designed as homage to the Dome of the Rock, remains a stunning piece of design and decoration.

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