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Dudesti Neighborhood – Bucharest Former Jewish Quarter

July 3, 2014

A surviving fragment of the historical Dudesti neighborhood, once home to a modest, predominantly Jewish population of tradesmen, small shopkeepers, clerks etc.
Most of the area has undergone drastic transformation during the urban systematization of the 1980s, when houses were torn down over a vast area to make way for communist style standardized high-rise housing units.
These houses built in different styles and different decades, largely from late 19th century to the 1930s, preserve something of the old look and feel of the place – peaceful conviviality, color and a specific charm.

One of Bucharest’s few surviving synagogues is located in this area. Hevrah Amuna Synagogue – (Templul Credinta) built in 1926 in the Art Deco Style, is still in good shape but not in use anymore.

There are in Bucharest six synagogues, from which two active (The Choral Temple and the Chabad Synagogue in Amzei area), two serve as museums (The Great Synagogue which shelters the Holocaust Museum and the Jewish Museum on Mamulari street), and one dilapidated and used as a warehouse (on Mosilor).

If interested to visit the Jewish areas and learn about the history of the Jewish community in Bucharest, please visit my tour page “Bucharest Jewish Heritage”:







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