Twenty-five sites have been nominated for the European Heritage Label this year. An independent body formed by the European Commission selected the final nine sites that received the European Heritage Label. As we have reported earlier, the Dohány Street Synagogue Complex in Budapest was also nominated for the label. The Dohány Street Synagogue has been selected, and it is now officially a European Heritage site, reports TurizmusOnline.hu.
Together with the Dohány Street Synagogue, currently, there are 38 European Heritage sites in Europe. This year’s award ceremony will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on 26 March.
According to the European Commission’s official website, European Heritage sites are:
“…milestones in the creation of today’s Europe. Spanning from the dawn of civilization to the Europe we see today, these sites celebrate and symbolise European ideals, values, history and integration.”
The website also says that European Heritage sites bring to life the European narrative and the history behind it.
The European Heritage Label aims to “focus on the promotion of the European dimension of the sites and providing access to them” and to allow visitors to “get a real feel for the breadth and scale of what Europe has to offer and what it has achieved.”
The Dohány Street Synagogue is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Budapest. It is the largest synagogue in Europe, and it is the second largest synagogue in the world. The whole synagogue was built in five years (1854-1859), and it was renovated in 1991. The Dohány Street Synagogue is a complex encompassing a museum, an archive, a memorial for the Hungarian Jewish soldiers who died in the First World War, a garden cemetery preserving the remains of the victims of the holocaust and the Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park.
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