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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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  • 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 »
  • The building, by its structure, but mainly because the idea of history, walking along the streets of the neighborhood, even if things more interesting, especially if time is limited, are elsewhere. We preferred to spend more time at the temple.
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  • Let the synagogue looks nowhere near as beautiful as those that flaunt in Prague or Pilsen, it should be borne in mind that it is, first, an ancient, built in the XVI within secondly, authentic, i.e. not exposed to radical reconstructions, thirdly, there is the monument of architecture-considering that from Medieval Jewish quarters in Europe left one-two and obchjolsja, should be on this discount when seeing the sights.
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  • One of the seven Synagogues worth to visit. Tickets for £ 1. Ground-floor you facing books. Museum upstairs.
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  • Nice Museum and a large selection of books. The facade is neopravovaná quite intentionally. For the sake of authenticity here could shoot and Schindler's list.
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  • Starovinnij Temple. Zdalas′ b restavracìâ façade
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  • A beautiful synagogue. At the bottom of the Jewish Bookstore, located at the top of the steel workshop of Mr. Jack pole and restoration workshop.
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