The recently rebuilt Hurva Synagogue that is in the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem is one of the must-see sights when visiting the Holy Land. It is entirely built on the foundations of the previous synagogue and was completed in the year 2010. It was completely destroyed in the 1948 war.
The square outside the synagogue is also a huge attraction and it is perhaps due to the square that the Hurva Synagogue get as much attraction. It is only open during certain times for visitation as it is an active synagogue and Jews pray there every day. A listing of the opening times is posted on the doors and a ticketing office is also found that sells the entrance tickets.
The place itself contributes to the understanding of the history of Jerusalem. The tour of the Hurva Synagogue starts beneath ground level where excavations of the upper city from Herodias times have been done. The hall and the dome from the inside can be viewed from the women’s gallery on the second level. On the outside is a panoramic platform around the dome from which you have a magnificent view of the old city and beyond.
The interior is filled with art pieces and the view from the roof is simply spectacular. Only the 360 degree panoramic platform circling the outer roof dome requires climbing a circular steel stairway. There are clean toilet facilities and entrance fees are twenty five shekels per person.