EAST END OF LONDON PHOTO GALLERY & COMMENTARY
London's East End Synagogues, cemeteries and more......
My personal journey through the Jewish East End of London
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Whenever travelling in Europe I try
to visit local synagogues. On my recent journey through
Romania and Hungary I was privileged to discover several beautiful
synagogues, some functioning and some abandoned as you will see
Above is the only functioning synagogue in
Brasov, Romania. The legend above right tells you
something of its history.
Below is a nearby abandoned orthodox synagogue.
I found it by following the gentleman below up a private gated
alleyway at the side of an old house. At the end of the
alleyway I was astonished to discover a still beautiful
but crumbling synagogue. I went inside the main doors which led
to a labyrinth of small flats carved out of the interior.
After Romania I went into Hungary to visit the
beautiful city of Pecs to find the huge synagogue below at the end
of a long empty square. As you can see the interior was
gorgeous but much in need of restoration. The gentleman who
let me in told me that they only had about 70 elderly members.
On the front of thr building was an astonishing clock: the outer
face told the time in the conventional clockwise direction, while a
Hebrew clock running anti-clockwise was on the inner face. It
was 26 minutes past 4 in the afternoon when I took the photo, as
both the inner and outer clock face will tell you.
My journey ended in Budapest where
every tourist has to visit the famous Dahoney Street synagogue -
the largest in Europe, below: