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Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Dubno, UA

The Great Synagogue in Dubno was built from 1782 to 1794. It was damaged during World War II and the Holocaust and since then has remained empty. It is a brick building in a baroque neoclassical style. There are reportedly underground tunnels between the synagogue and the castle in Dubno.

Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Grodno, BY

The Great Synagogue of Grodno was built from 1576 to 1580 designed by Santi Gucci. Made from wood the synagogue burned down in 1902 and was rebuilt from 1902 to 1905 in the Moorish style as a complex of schools. The building was returned to the Jewish community in 1991, but it remains in disrepair.

Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Husiatyn, UA

The Great Synagogue in Husiatyn was constructed in the mid-16th century as a fortress synagogue in the Renaissance style. It was damaged following World War II, and in 1972 the building was renovated and turned into a museum. The building is now vacant and in disrepair.

Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Iași, RO

The Great Synagogue of Iași was built between 1657 and 1671 and is the oldest synagogue still in activity in Romania. It is possible that the Great Synagogue in Iasi was originally built in wood due to the general prohibition of stone synagogues. Damaged by a fire in 1822, the woodwork and painting were destroyed and restored. A new round of restoration work was carried out in 1914. In 1939, the Great Synagogue was one of the 112 Jewish prayer houses in Iași. In front of the synagogue, a high obelisk was inaugurated in 1976 in memory of the victims of the Pogrom of Iași on 28 and 29 June 1941.

Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Lutsk, UA

The Great Synagogue in Lutsk was constructed in 1629 as a fortress synagogue. It was the religious, educational, and community centre of Lutsk until it was partially destroyed in 1942 as part of World War II. The synagogue was restored in the 1970s and is now used as a sports club.

Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Pidhaitsi, UA

The Great Synagogue in Pidhaitsi was built as a fortress synagogue between 1621 and 1648. During World War II and the Holocaust, the local Jewish community was wiped out. Afterwards, the building was used as a storehouse. Today the building is empty and dilapidated.

Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Plzeň, CZ

The Great Synagogue of Pilsen is the largest in the Czech Republic. It was built between 1888 and 1892 in the Romanesque Revival style with Moorish elements according to the plans of the Viennese architect Max Fleischer. During the Second World War, the synagogue was used as a warehouse. After the war, it was used again for religious purposes until 1973, but by the end of the communist regime, it was almost abandoned.

Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Sataniv, UA

The Great Synagogue of Sataniv was built in 1514 making it one of the oldest synagogues in Ukraine. It is a fortress synagogue built in Polish renaissance style. In 2015 the synagogue was renovated by a local businessman, Arthur Fridman.

Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

Sharhorod (Shargorod), UA

The Great Synagogue of Sharhorod was constructed in 1589 making it one of the oldest synagogues in Ukraine. It was built as a fortress synagogue with 1 to 2 m thick walls. Between 1674 and 1699 it was occupied by Turks and used as a mosque. Restoration work on the synagogue was completed in 2012.

Great Synagogue, Slonim

Great Synagogue, Slonim

Slonim, BY

The Great Synagogue or simply known as the Slonim Synagogue is a 17th century former synagogue building in a baroque style. It was erected in 1642 as part of the town’s fortification system. In 1881 the synagogue was heavily damaged by a fire. It is now the subject of a restoration project under the Foundation for Jewish Heritage.

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