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Worms Synagogue, Worms
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The Worms Synagogue, also known as Rashi Shul, is an 11th-century synagogue located in Worms, Germany.HistoryThe first synagogue at the site was built in 1034 and is therefore regarded as the oldest existing synagogue in Germany. The building was first destroyed during the First Crusade in 1096 and subsequently rebuilt in 1175 in the Romanesque style. In 1186 southwest of the synagogue a subterranean mikveh was constructed.During the pogroms of 1349 and 1615 the synagogue was badly damaged: in both pogroms the vaulted ceilings and the walls were heavily damaged. During reconstruction after 1355 Gothic forms for the window and the vault were chosen. Of comparable seriousness was the damage after the fire of 1689 during the Nine Years' War. When the building was restored in 1700, the interior was renovated in period style.On Kristallnacht in 1938 the synagogue was once again attacked and reduced to rubble. It was painstakingly reconstructed in 1961, using as many of the original stones as could be salvaged. The synagogue, open as a museum, continues to be a functioning synagogue used by the Jewish community.In May 2010, the synagogue was firebombed by arsonists, suspected to be anti-Zionists. The firebombs were thrown against eight corners of the stone building and against a window, but no one was injured and no serious damage to the building was reported.ArchitectureBuilt at the point when late Romanesque style was fading and Gothic rising, the rectangular prayer hall features a pair of Romanesque columns supporting groin vaults. The windows in the thick stone walls are simple gothic arches. The windows in the adjoining study hall, the so-called Rashi Shul, have rounded Romanesque arches. The women’s section of the prayer hall has Romanesque windows in the eastern wall, and gothic windows in the western wall.
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  • Both the synagogue and Museum contain elements of great historical and cultural value. You can see the ancient walls and a place with lots of history and symbolism.
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  • The Jewish synagogue of Worms, is considered the Jewish synagogue most ancient of Germany. It is also known as Rashi Shul. This small Jewish synagogue, is located outside the historic centre of the city, so it is interesting to take a map and look it up. Also in the streets there are plates, that indicate it. It is in a small plaza, with cobblestone streets. One of the buildings is most beautiful of the city and one of its main tourist attractions. It closes at five in the afternoon.
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  • The synagogue documented the old life of Jews in worms and in Germany. After the Shoah, it is still only a Memorial, a place of reflection.
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  • In a alley you may find a small Synagogue with long history. If you visit Worms don't miss it.
  • According to our guide throughout Europe among the Jewish communities, worms has a very good sound. When visiting the synagogue, one gains a sense of.
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  • The ancient monument of architecture. Great place for excursions.
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  • The city's attractions. Jewish cemetery from 1058/1059 of the lowlands ring of Siegfried told city
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