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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Around Hungary >> Mád and Its Restored Synagogue tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Mád and Its Restored Synagogue

Mád is a small, old market town in the Tokaj wine-producing region of northeastern Hungary with a Baroque synagogue dating from 1795 that used to serve some 600 Jews prior to World War II. Three hundred of them survived the deportations and death camps of 1944, but the synagogue fell into disrepair following the war, with no community remaining there to use it. The structure was on a list of important properties to be restored, and in the last few years the Hungarian government with donations from the World Monuments Fund in New York funded a full restoration. Today it's used mainly for cultural events and is open to visitors upon appointment.

For more information on the synagogue, see http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/04/travel/04iht-trgruber.html and http://articles.latimes.com/2003/oct/26/news/adfg-synagog19
Restored synagogue (1795)
Restored synagogue (1795)
Restored synagogue, detail
Restored synagogue, detail
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue, orginal interior
Restored synagogue, orginal interior
Restored synagogue
Restored synagogue
Caretaker and his granddaughter
Caretaker and his granddaughter
Mád town under a cloud
Mád town under a cloud
These waterpumps were everywhere
These waterpumps were everywhere
Barta Winecellar (17-18th centuries)
Barta Winecellar (17-18th centuries)
Hotel with traditional beehives
Hotel with traditional beehives
Town Hall (1887)
Town Hall (1887)
Csarda (country tavern)
Csarda (country tavern)
Mád house
Mád house
Old craftmanship, new gate
Old craftmanship, new gate
Just the way it is
Just the way it is
Not pretty but charming
Not pretty but charming
Abandoned
Abandoned
Traditional Mád roof
Traditional Mád roof
Wall sagging with character
Wall sagging with character
Old and new
Old and new
Roadside shrine
Roadside shrine