Rumbach Street synagogue
The Rumbach Street synagogue (Template:Lang-hu) is located in Belváros, the inner city of the historical old town of Pest, in the eastern section of Budapest.
The synagogue in Rumbach Street was built in 1872 to the design of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner. It served the so-called Status Quo Ante (moderate orthodox) community which preserved the traditional "pre-Congress" way of Judaism.Template:Clarify
The Moorish Revival synagogue has eight sides and while the interior as of this writing (2008) is badly in need of restoration, the octagonal, balconied, domed synagogue intricately patterened and painted in Islamic style is exquisitely beautiful. It was built not as an exact replica of, but as an homage to the style of the octagonal, domed Dome of the Rock Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.
The status quo movement
Between 1868-69 the Jewish Congress took place in Hungary, where the 3 major Jewish religious organizations were founded. The largest became the more liberal Neolog, the very conservative followers joined the orthodox faith, and the middle-of-the-roaders became known as the status quo. The main temple of the status quo movement was the Art Nouveau Rumbach Synagogue.
- Synagogues built in the Moorish Revival style:
- Leopoldstädter Tempel, Vienna, Austria
- Central Synagogue, New York, USA
- See Moorish Revival Synagogues for more examples.