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The pearl of Hungary’s Jewish heritage - Synagogue of Mád

If one can fall in love with a building, I long ago fell in love with the synagogue in Mád, a quaint little winemaking village in the northeastern part of Hungary. The simple but impressive Baroque structure, built in the 1790s, rises on a hill above a jumble of red-tiled roofs, forming a tight triangle with the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches nearby.

Mád is in the heart of the Tokaj wine region, a lush and lovely area of meandering rivers, broad fields, hilly vineyards and low, wooded mountains, little more than a two-hour drive from Budapest. The synagogue, one of the oldest in Hungary, “is a pearl in Hungary’s cultural heritage, and an important precious stone in the heritage of all Europe. The Mád synagogue had undergone a full-scale restoration that won a European Prize for Cultural Heritage from Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Heritage based in The Hague in 2006.

(Source: budapestbug)