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11 November 2021
Observatory Case: Jewish Quarter Budapest

Check out the fourth of the 16 amazing heritage sites that have been thoroughly analyzed by the OpenHeritage project.

The so-called Jewish Quarter in District VII of Budapest was a multiethnic and multireligious area from its very beginnings in the second half of the 18th century. It is one of the few neo-classicist cityscapes in Europe, which, at the same time, features the Orientalizing architecture of synagogues and Jewish memorial sites reminding of the fate of the inhabitants: after 1944, the district was turned into the Ghetto of the Hungarian capital. In 2004, the area was declared the buffer zone of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Budapest ( . Parallel with this, starting in the mid-2000s, a series of bottom-up initiatives turned the abandoned, dilapidated buildings into temporary bars  (so called ruin bars), followed by private investments and citizen initiatives to protect architectural and historical heritage. The run-down former residential area eventually turned into a centre of night life. Today it showcases various financing and adaptive re-use models, but also represents the dilemmas of changing functions on a neighbourhood scale, and how it affects built and intangible heritage.

To understand the story behind please read: Jewish District, Budapest Observatory Case  and watch short movie:

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