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Sacred Buildings: Moorish Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary

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Designed by architect Otto Wagner, Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary is Moorish in design.
Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary is Moorish in design.

Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary is Moorish in design.

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Built between 1869 and 1872, the Rumbach Street Synagogue was the first major work of the Viennese Secessionist architect Otto Wagner. Wagner borrowed ideas from Islamic architecture. The synagogue is octogonally-shaped with two towers that resemble the minarets of an Islamic mosque.

Rumbach Synagogue has seen much deterioration and is not currently functioning as a consecrated place of worship. The exterior facade has been restored, but the the interior still needs work.

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