Biblical Garden

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The garden was formed from biblical plants based on the concept of the famous rabbi and botanist, Immánuel Löw. The plants of the garden were originally planted in 1902 and the garden was renewed in 2017.
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The garden was formed from biblical plants based on the concept of the famous rabbi and botanist, Immánuel Löw. The plants of the garden were originally planted in 1902 and the garden was renewed in 2017. Löw developed the evergreen concept of the garden, selecting mostly coniferous trees such as cedars, while only a few represented the European variations also endemic in Hungary. He also chose fruit trees, featuring one or two specimens per variation, referring to the ancient horticulture and plant breeding of Jews. Löw also compiled a third group from distinctive trees of Hungary and the great Plain: poplars, acacias and birches. The Biblical Garden of the New Synagogue in Szeged was Immanuel Löw’s extraordinary achievement, a worthy addition to what he had established inside the synagogue with his iconography, based on the symbolic message of plants. These illustrate Löw’s amazingly vast knowledge as a botanist and a rabbi, published in his famous four-volume book Die Flora der Juden. Löw’s reputation as a scholar is based on his pioneering work in the field of botany. Löw systematically searched the roots of botanic plant terminology in different periods of Hebrew and Aramaic languages, his major work Die Flora der Juden brought the phonological, biblical and botanical aspects to a common denominator. The book, which provides a wealth of material, is regarded as a major work of biblical botany even today. The synagogue and the park once formed an organic unit, neither can be fully understood without the other. Löw’s arrangement of the inscriptions and symbols is considered a masterpiece, unparalleled in the world.
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