The High Synagogue

ul. Józefa 38, Kraków

The High Synagogue was the third to be built in the Jewish city, following the Old and New (Remuh). Its name is derived from the situation of the prayer hall, situated on an upper storey since the 1550s. Such an unorthodox situation was contingent on security reasons: the building stood by the gate to the Jewish city, in a busy place close by Christian premises. Repeatedly transformed, it was destroyed during the Second World War and its furnishing was lost.

Beginning in the 1960s it was first used by the PKZ heritage conservation company, and was later abandoned. The Jewish Religious Community regained control of the building, which now serves as a venue for promotions, concerts, exhibitions, and meetings, in 2008. Small fragments of former decoration have been retained inside: the stone framing of the Aron Kodesh and remnants of polychrome wall paintings with texts of prayers, discovered and conserved in the 1960s.

Date: 2013-06-20 Show ticket
News author: Weronika Dulowska
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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