Monday, April 13, 2020

In Bloom

No matter what happens to mankind, our world is beautiful.

Stay safe!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Dohány utcai zsinagóga

Dohány Street Synagogue (Dohány utcai zsinagóga in Hungarian) in Budapest is the largest synagogue in Europe with a capacity of 2,964 seats (1,492 for men on the ground floor and 1,472 in the women's galleries) and is a center of Neolog JudaismDohány means tobacco, BTW.

The synagogue was built between 1854 and 1859 in a residential area by the Jewish community of Pest. It was designed by a non-Jewish German-born Austrian architect, Ludwig Förster

The building is 75 meters long and 27 meters in width. The style of the Dohány Street synagogue is Moorish, mixed with Byzantine, Romantic and Gothic flavors. The characteristic onion-shaped domes sit on the twin octagonal towers that are 43 meters in height. The Central Synagogue in Manhattan, New York City is sort of copy-cat of the Dohány Street Synagogue.

Famous Hungarian romantic architect Frigyes Feszl designed interior by giving the Torah-ark and colorful internal frescoes. 

The Synagogue is comprised of the complex of Great Synagogue, the Heroes' Temple, the graveyard, the Memorial and the Jewish Museum, which was built on the site on which Theodor Herzl's house of birth stood. The 5,000-tube organ, which was built in 1859, makes the Synagogue very unique. Famous musicians such as Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saëns played there.

Image from a 3D puzzle toy. Now it's on sale (3470 Ft)

The synagogue has gone through a tough time. On the 3rd of February, 1939 it was bombed by the Hungarian pro-Nazi Arrow Cross PartyIn 1944, the Dohány Street Synagogue was part of the Jewish ghetto for the city Jews, to where 7,000 Jews were sent, according to Adolph Eichmann's plan. Over two thousand of those who died in the ghetto from hunger and cold are buried in the courtyard of the synagogue. 

The synagogue was also used as a shelter, and towards the end of World War II, the building suffered some severe damage from aerial raids during the battle for the liberation of Budapest.

During the Communist era, the damaged structure became again a prayer house for the much-diminished Jewish community. Its restoration and renovation started in 1991, financed by the state and by private donations, and was completed in 1998.
On 23 October 2012, an Israeli flag was burned in front of a Budapest synagogue, reportedly by members of Jobbik, an ultranationalist Hungarian political party. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

A Happy New Year 2020

As usual, I headed for downtown for watching official fireworks organized by Olomouc city.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Paris Gay Parade In 2019

Around half million of beautiful individual who are free from gender issue got together under the LGBT umbrella and flag on 29th of July in French capital.

It was mere coincidence that I was so fortunate to encounter bunch of cheerful and beautiful people from all over globe when unprecedentedly disastrous heatwave struck on France.

There is no description necessary. You are all beautiful.

Air France flight attendant?

Banana Dancer

Teddy bear team

Saturday, August 31, 2019

McCafe Sparrows

Found at the most beautiful McDonald's adjacent to Budapest Nyugati Pályaudvar railway station.