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Szeged is not only known as the City of Sunshine, but also as a place of abundant experiences and recreation. The city offers colorful programs and spectacular architectural features. 

Szeged, the third largest town in Hungary, lies in the southern part of the country, at the junction of Rivers Tisza and Maros.  By far, the city’s significance not only lies in its size, but in its rebirth after the Great Flood of 1879, becoming one of the most influential towns of the region by the early 20th century. It is mainly characterized by colorful cultural offers, vibrant college life and unparalleled built heritage. The city of Szeged can be directly approached from Budapest via M0 and M5 highways, by train or by bus. 

The devastating Great Flood had almost entirely destroyed the city, after which it was carefully redesigned based on Parisian city planning, earning its nickname Paris of the...

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Jewish Heritage Europe April 16, 2024

Hungary Exhibit Honors Architect Lipot Baumhorn

(JHE) — Lipót Baumhorn, the most prolific synagogue architect in pre-WW2 Europe, is being honored with an open-air exhibit in Szeged, the city that is home to his masterpiece — the monumental domed New Synagogue, dedicated in 1903. At the same time, a beautifully illustrated new book — downloadable for free — celebrates the synagogue’s spectacular stained glass windows and documents their creation by the artist Mánó Róth in collaboration with Baumhorn and Szeged’s chief rabbi, Immanuel Löw.

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Jewish cultural heritage is a unique and valuable component of European culture, which often remains hidden in numerous cities once home to flourishing Jewish communities before WWII. In the pre-WWII era, Europe was home to a Jewish population around 9 M, at least a third of them living in present day’s Danube Region. Jewish diaspora communities introduced rich cultural identity, deeply rooted traditions and remarkable community heritage, all adding great value to the hosting cities and their already existing local communities.

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