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Moorish Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 7 Moorish sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • New Synagogue
    Berlin, Germany
    Built in 1859-66 and meticulously restored, the New Synagogue of Berlin is an exotic amalgam of styles with a Moorish feel. It is both an active synagogue and a museum.
  • Dohány Street Synagogue
    Budapest, Hungary
    Built in 1859, the Great Synagogue of Budapest is Europe's largest synagogue and the second largest in the world. The fine Byzantine-Moorish building is still in active use by Budapest's Jewish community.
  • Hassan II Mosque
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Completed in 1993, this is the second largest mosque in the world and the tallest structure in Morocco. Spectacularly situated on the Atlantic Ocean, it is filled with exquisite carvings.
  • Virgen de la Candelaria
    Copacabana, Bolivia
    This sparkling white basilica is home to a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary made by an Inca craftsman in 1576. The patron saint of Bolivia, the Virgin of Copacabana receives many pilgrims and festivals in her honor.
  • Grande Synagogue
    Geneva, Switzerland
    This pink Moorish-style synagogue was built in 1859 for Geneva's Ashkenazi Jewish community.
  • Great Synagogue
    Plzen, Czech Republic
    The Velká Synagoga of Plzen is one of the largest synagogues in the world. The attractive Moorish-style structure was built in 1892 and has been recently restored.
  • Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz
    Toledo, Spain
    One of the oldest Moorish monuments in Spain, this tiny 10th-century mosque was built over a Visigothic chapel then converted into a church by King Alfonso.