The Dohány Street Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and one of the largest in the world, seating nearly 3,000 worshippers and providing standing space. It was built between 1854 and 1859 in an interesting architectural style which combines Moorish style with Gothic, Romantic, and Byzantine elements, creating a uniquely beautiful building. It was one of the few major synagogues to survive the Nazi regime and World War II, although it was occupied by German forces and used as a radio base and as a stable, before sustaining some damage from air raids and during the Siege of Budapest. Due to communist Hungary’s secular policies, the synagogue’s restoration was only able to begin in 1991, being completed in 1998. The synagogue and adjoining Hungarian Jewish Museum hold many important historical and religious artefacts relating to Jewish communities in Hungary, several of which have survived to the present day through against all odds.