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High Synagogue, Krakow

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High Synagogue is an inactive Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Kazimierz District of Kraków, Poland. It was called the High Synagogue for many centuries for it was the tallest synagogue in the city. It was built in 1556-1563. It appears to be in a Renaissance manner with certain modifications common north of the alps. It was the third synagogue to be erected in Kazimierz. Originally, the prayer rooms were located on the second floor above ground floor shops. The interior walls of the sanctuary feature paintings of scenes in Jerusalem, including the \"Tomb of the Israelite Kings,\" \"Western Wall,\" and a handsome pair of lions in the women's gallery.

During the occupation of Poland in World War II, Nazis stripped the interior of all equipment. The ceiling and roof were destroyed. At present only the stone niche for the Aron Kodesh and the wall-paintings uncovered early in the 21st century by art conservation remain. Gabled-windowed top floor, synagogue ceiling and roof were renovated in 2008 as part of the ongoing repairs.

The High serves as a Landmark Conservation building. Since 2005 it has been open to visitors.
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Krakow ranks among one of Europe's increasingly popular tourist destinations, which is reflected in the rising costs of comfortable lodgings. The best hotels are concentrated in and around the historical old town, where five-star luxury comes at a very steep price. Old town hotels place you just steps from fine shops and restaurants, as well as the city's main museums and galleries. However, if your trip involves a tight budget, avoid the central district and check out mid-range hotels and economical hostels in one of the outlying neighborhoods.
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  • Walking around the very interesting Kazimierz District ( Jewish Quarter) of Krakow you will see some really superb buildings that although a tad dilapidated still look fantastic,the whole area has a f...  more »
  • One of a collection of synagogues in the Jewish quarter of Krakow- a large impressive building on the pinpoint corner of several streets. It has an interesting interior also.  more »
  • The High Synagogue is an interesting place to visit. The ground level floor is a book/gift store, while the first floor is the former synagogue. (It now functions as a synagogue only on special occasi...  more »
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  • Beautiful synagogue, which is now converted into a museum and bookstore. The bookstore has a lot of books on the Holocaust, and books written by the survivors about the extermination camps. Worth the visit!!
  • One of seven Synagogues worth to visit. Tickets for 1£. Ground-floor you facing books. Museum upstairs.
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