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Xhemahallë Complex

Xhemahallë Complex

Delvinë, AL

The mosque in the Xhemahallë complex, called the King's Mosque, is one of the first mosques of this style built in Albania. The complex dates back to 1682 and includes a complex hydraulic network that supplied water to the Hamam, madrasa and mosque.

Yakob Glanzer Synagogue in Lviv

Yakob Glanzer Synagogue in Lviv

Lviv, UA

The synagogue was built by a rich Hasid Yakob Glanzer and was the first oficial Hasidic synagogue in Lviv. In 1912, the building was reconstructed according to the design of Włodzimierz Podhorodecki. The synagogue was closed by the Soviet authorities in 1962. In 1990, the former synagogue was transferred to the Society for Jewish Culture and from 1993 it belongs to the religious community. Remains of the wall paintings were discovered in 2011.

Yanbol Synagogue

Istanbul, TR

Originally built during the Byzantine time, Yanbol synagogue was later used by the Jewish community that migrated to Istanbul from the town of Yanbol, Bulgaria thus it is also known as the Bulgarian Synagogue. The main structure is wood, and the ceiling of the main prayer hall is decorated with landscape oil paintings. Today it is open only on major holidays and for some Shabbat services.

Yeni Mosque

Yeni Mosque

Thessaloniki, GR

The Yeni Mosque, also called 'New Mosque', is a historic mosque built in 1902 to the plans of the Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli. The mosque was founded for the Dömne community, Jews who followed Sabbatai Zevi in his conversion to Islam in the 17th century. The new Yeni Camii Mosque is the last mosque built in Salonika under Ottoman rule. The New Mosque now belongs to the municipality of Thessaloniki and hosts art exhibitions and various other cultural events.

Yeshiva in Telšiai

Yeshiva in Telšiai

Telšiai, LT

The Telšiai yeshiva is an Ashkenazi synagogue built in 1908 by the architect Yakok I. Ushakov. Its original form is captured on a photograph from the 1920s and also in a postwar picture. Its street façade was pierced with large segment-headed windows on the ground floor, and with smaller round and segment-headed ones in the gable. The façade was decorated with brickwork pilasters, panels, frieze, stringcourses, and finials. According to a memoir by Shmuel Natanovich, the yeshiva occupied a large single-storey building, of about 800 sq m. The building was surrounded by a high fence, and the house of the rabbi was situated within the fenced yard. At the entrance to the building, there was a room for the lessons and a room for the library. In the yeshiva hall, there were three blocks of benches with lecterns, a Torah ark in the eastern wall and a bimah in the center. The brick annex on the northern part was added in the 1930s, as well as probably the upper floor in the western part. The eastern gable and the frieze were destroyed in a fire in 1960; probably, new parts were added afterward. The building was renovated in 1978. In 2004 only some decorations above the windows are still preserved. The windows are blocked with wooden planks. The building belongs to the Jewish Community of Lithuania.

Yeshivat Hokhmei in Lublin

Yeshivat Hokhmei in Lublin

Lublin, PL

The Yeshivat Hokhmei Lublin is an Ashkenazi synagogue built between 1928 and 1930 by the architect Agenor Smoluchowski. This Neo-Classical and Art Deco brick building still serves as a synagogue.

Yeunten Ling Institute

Yeunten Ling Institute

Huy, BE

The Yeunten Ling Tibetan Institute is a Buddhist complex located in the Bishop's Castle since the 1980s. The complex includes a temple ("Thubten Shedrub Ling"), a library, meeting rooms, as well as about 50 studios and single rooms. The Yeunten Ling Institute has become one of the most important Dharma centres in Europe. Thousands of people gathered for the consecration of the Buddha statue by the Dalai Lama in 2012.

Yiddishe Shul in Botoşani

Yiddishe Shul in Botoşani

Botoşani, RO

The Yiddishe Shul (Temple at the New Market Place) in Botoşani is an Ashkenazi synagogue that was built in the 20th century. This Neo-Gothic brick building is now abandoned.

York Minster

York Minster

York, GB

Discover 2,000 years of history and human creativity. Delve into the historic and human stories which have shaped the Minster we see today, from its Roman roots to the staff and volunteers who care for the current cathedral.

Ytre Rendal Church

Ytre Rendal Church

Rendalen, NO

The Ytre Rendal church, which was consecrated in 1751, is a typical wooden church of cruciform shape. On the hill to the west of the church is a burial mound for the Norwegian author Jacob Breda Bull (1853-1930).

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