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Choral Temple (Templul Coral) Tours

Choral Temple (Templul Coral)
One of the first synagogues in Bucharest was the Choral Temple, which was completed in 1857 by architects Enderle and Freiwald; it is a copy of the Leopoldstadt-Tempelgasse Great Synagogue in Vienna and has a façade decorated in Moorish style with yellow-and-red patterned brickwork. A wealthy Jewish community was established in the city by the mid-16th century but never lived in complete harmony with its Romanian neighbors. In 1593, many were killed during a rebellion against the city’s Ottoman overlords and unrest continued to rumble for several centuries.

Several years after the Choral Temple was built, it was destroyed in a pogrom and rebuilt in 1866. Even with the destruction, the city’s Jewish population continued to grow. By 1930, it numbered 74,480 while the pogroms and indiscriminate killings continued. During World War II, all Bucharest’s synagogues were closed down and many thousands of Romanian Jews were sent to their deaths in Transnistria and Bessarabia. Following the war, Jewish numbers in the city swelled with refugees from other eastern European countries but uncertainty under the autocratic rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu led to mass immigration to Israel.

With the collapse of Communism, a memorial was erected outside the synagogue in 1991 to commemorate the thousands of Romanian Jews who died in the Holocaust, and in 2006, a painstaking restoration of its interior was undertaken; the synagogue finally reopened in December 2014 with its Moorish tiles, carved wooden balconies and heavy chandeliers gleaming once more. 

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Strada Sfânta Vineri 9. Open for services Sun–Fri 8am & 7pm; Sat 8.30am & 7pm; admission free. Take the metro to Piata Unirii.
Address: Strada Sfânta Vineri 9, Bucharest, Bucharest Municipality 30202, Romania
Hours: Daily 7am–8pm
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Private Tour of Jewish Bucharest

Private Tour of Jewish Bucharest

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On this half-day private tour, you’ll learn about Bucharest’s rich Jewish history. Learn about the city’s flourishing Jewish community prior to World War II, and see where its first members settled in the 16th century. Tours include stops at the oldest Jewish cemetery in Bucharest and a stroll past off-the-beaten-track architectural landmarks in the Jewish quarter.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$72,80
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US$72,80
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Bucharest Half a Day Bike Tour

Bucharest Half a Day Bike Tour

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Experience both the highlights and best kept secrets of Bucharest on a four-hour bike tour. A bike and helmet are conveniently included, as is a your guide.  Explore the city by bike and expand your discovery radius without getting worn out or feeling rushed. See the city’s top attractions, including the Parliament Palace, and lesser known points of interest, such as the Gypsy neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39,83
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US$39,83
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Private Tour: Jewish Bucharest Walking Tour with Holocaust Memorial

Private Tour: Jewish Bucharest Walking Tour with Holocaust Memorial

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Discover a fascinating side of Romania’s history on this 3-hour private walking tour of Bucharest’s Jewish community. Explore the long history of Jewish people and culture in Easter Europe, and Bucharest in particular, with the help of an informative guide. See the Jewish Museum, State Jewish Theatre, the Jewish Community Center, the Great Synagogue and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$112,00
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US$112,00

Bucharest 4 Hours Private Tour

Bucharest 4 Hours Private Tour

Experience the top attractions of Bucharest on a private 4-hour walking tour. Follow your guide to discover Victoriei Avenue, Old Town, and important squares throughout the city.  Unlike large group tours, you set the pace and can ask questions at any time. You also get a closer look at the Communist era in Romania. The comprehensive route is a great opportunity to get to know the city’s layout for your future exploring.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$72,80
Price varies by group size
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US$72,80
Price varies by group size

Alternative Bucharest - Street Art Tour, small group

Alternative Bucharest - Street Art Tour, small group

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Street art is difficult to find in Bucharest withouth the experience of our local guides. Explore secret places, find out the difference vetween graffiti and murals, discover other types of street art than the common ones. The tour includes impressive murals painted by Romanian or foreign artists and a nice walk through parts of old neighbourhoods.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$29,12
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US$29,12
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Bucharest Jewish tour

Bucharest Jewish tour

The story of the Jews in Romania is not a happy one. Relatively small until the mid-19th century, the size of the Romanian Jewish community - predominantly urban - grew from the 1840s onwards as large numbers of Jews sought refuge in Moldavia and Wallachia from persecution in Tsarist Russia, and by the mid-1860s there were more than 150,000 Jews nationwide. Alas the Jews fared little better - initially - in Romanian lands than they had in Russia, with strict laws enacted preventing them from wearing traditional dress, sending their children to school and even becoming Romanian citizens. There were frequent attacks on Jews and their property (particularly in Iasi) while there was a major anti-Jewish riot in Bucharest in 1866, when large numbers of Jews were beaten and the Choral Temple (rebuilt soon afterwards) desecrated and destroyed.
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  • 4 hours
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US$121,33
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US$121,33
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Choral Temple (Templul Coral) hours of operation: Daily 7am–8pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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