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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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  • The synagogue in Worms, located in less than a kilometer from the Markt Platz, is considered one of the oldest in Europe and has the sign on the wall about it. In fact, everything is different. The ol...  more »
  • Worms, with Speyer, was the site of a thriving Jewish community from the 11th century, and in both cities synagogues, mikvas, and museums, co-located, relate the history -- straight. The Worms synagog...  more »
  • I visited this synagogue first when I was 17 in 1971. So pleased to go back again. Very interesting and well preserved as is the area around the synagogue  more »
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  • In a alley you may find a small Synagogue with long history. If you visit Worms don't miss it.
  • Very interesting. Questions could be answered by staff. A must for those interested.
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  • שריד לקהילה היהודית העתיקה בעיר וורמס מקום מושבו של רש"י במשך כמה שנים, במקום בית כנסת צנוע חדר לימוד ומקווה
  • 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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