The Orthodox synagogue is the only one in Tirgu Mures which is used by the Jewish religious community. The church was built between 1898 and 1899 from the donations of the status quo ante Jewish community, based on the plans by Jakob Gärtner. Previously on the site of the current synagogue stood a neo-classical style house of worship, which proved to be too small for the Jewish community, which has increased in number during the nineteenth century. The new synagogue was also named “big church”, which was one of Transylvania’s largest synagogues. The building has an eclectic style, the towers are decorated with flower rosettes, the arcaded portico is decorated with a large flower rosette. The Hebrew inscription on the facade means: “My house will be called the house of prayers for all the people!”
The number of the Jewish community has strongly decreased, as in 1944, 8000 Jews were deported. A ghetto was created on the site of the brick factory in Tirgu Mures between May 27 and June 8, 1944 from where 7550 persons were deported to Auschwitz. 5943 Jews died, their memory is also preserved in the synagogue.
The church was restored between 1996 and 2000.
Location: Aurel Filimon street nr. 23. It can be visited on weekdays.
Randolph L. Braham “A magyar holokauszt” Gondolat kiadó, Budapest, 1988