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Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga)

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Address: Ekzarh Joseph 16, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
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A beautiful synagogue, style is not usual a lot of moorish influence- so very interesting. The chandelier is amazing.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful synagogue, style is not usual a lot of moorish influence- so very interesting. The chandelier is amazing.

Thank Darla B
Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the place easily. It looks very impressive from outside. Due to Jewish Passover, the place was closed. Will try next time

Thank Michael B
Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The architecture of the facade is eclectic, a combination of Spanish, Moorish and Venetian styles of the Vienna trained Bulgarian architect Gruenanger. The largest or the 2nd largest (Amsterdam?) synagogue in Europe. Due to some renovation works, the synagogue was closed for another 2 weeks. There was a notice on the entrance door, unfortunately, there is no posting on their... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We need a ticket but nobody could tell us how to get one the security were very funny about foreign guest very much not welcome, from the outside it looked it looked interesting.

Thank mrandmrsDorset
Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The inside of the synagogue is beautiful and the small musuem, though a bit dusty, was interesting. Worth a visit.

Thank AliciaPhxtoHK
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Visiting the synagogue was one of my main reasons for visiting Sofia and had e-mailed ahead some questions, I really appreciated having a personal answer before I arrived. The building is amazing but so too is the welcome and the lovely informative guide. Very definitely worth visiting.

Thank WoobyBird
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The last surviving place for Jews in Sofia, this Synagogue is gorgeous and an important city landmark, showing how the Bulgaria people are a peaceful bunch, accepting of all religions.

Thank Ruckford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

One of the largest synagogues in Europe, with no entry fee - you will be required to contribute a couple of euros to a guide inside the place, totally worth it. Peaceful, well preserved, and extremely beautiful.

Thank R_TheReader
Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Thanks to TripAdvisor we knew how to find the entrance and the 2lev cost. We had already decided to ask for a guide and initially we were the only 2 in so just sat down to appreciate the building. Then a very pleasant man and came to ask if we wanted a guide. He was excellent explaining much about the... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Big place in great condition! Props to the caretaker for the English introduction. 2 BGN/person to go inside, but well worth it. Don't miss the museum entrance on the back side and upstairs if you are interested in Jewish history (also 2 BGN/person, 1 BGN students). The museum is small, but has some cool stuff in it.

Thank TravelinAndyM

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