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Cordoba’s Historic Synagogue

00 Cordoba Synagogue

While rambling through the streets of Cordoba we came across this historic Synagogue in the city’s old Jewish neighborhood.  It was an unexpected finding, making it all the more enjoyable to visit.
The Cordoba Synagogue is rather small but is said to be one of the best-preserved Medieval synagogues in Spain.  It was built between 1314 and 1315 A.D. and was in constant use until the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492.

(Main chamber of Cordoba’s Historic Synagogue)

There is no admission fee and you get to see the main hall, a rectangular room decorated with plant motifs and Hebrew inscriptions.  A separate woman’s gallery still stands but is not open to the public.
After the Jews left, the building was used as …

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“Pic of the Week”, June 5, 2020: New Synagogue, Berlin

02 New Synagogue, Berlin

Berlin’s Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue) was built between 1859 and 1866. It was the largest synagogue in Europe, with a capacity of 3,200 worshippers. It’s a beautiful building that was very unique for its time.  It has a Moorish appearance, its architect having been inspired by the Alhambra in Granada, and has spectacular gilded domes that can be seen for some distance.
The New Synagogue has an important history.  Jews in pre-WWII Germany were mostly well-integrated into Germany society.  That ended abruptly with the rise of Nazis.  The New Synagogue was damaged on Kristallnacht (November 9, 1938), when Nazis burned synagogues and destroyed the homes and businesses of Jews across Germany.  The New Synagogue was damaged by fire on Kristallnacht but …

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