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White Stork Synagogue, Wroclaw

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The White Stork Synagogue is a nineteenth-century synagogue in Wrocław, Poland. Rededicated in 2010 after a decade-long renovation, it is the religious and cultural centre of the local Jewish community, under the auspices of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland. It is the only synagogue in Wrocław to have survived the Holocaust.HistoryThe synagogue, which opened in 1829 when the city was known as Breslau and part of the Kingdom of Prussia, is a three-story Neoclassical designed by the architect Carl Ferdinand Langhans (1781–1869). Langhans was one of the foremost 19th-century architects of Silesia. He was among Germany’s foremost theater designers. He also designed the Breslau Actors' Guild Theater and Opera House. The original interior, now lost, was designed by the painter Raphael Biow (1771–1836) and his son Hermann Biow (1804–1850). The name was taken from an inn of the same name which had previously stood on the site.The main prayer hall is surrounded on three sides with women's galleries. Two levels of galleries to the north and two on the south flank a single gallery on the eastern Torah ark wall. The wooden frame of the Torah ark and the damaged tablets of the Ten Commandments are all that remain of the original religious features.
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  • I lived in Wroclaw for 23 years before finally visiting the synagogue (renovated and reopened since I moved here). I wish I had not waited so long. First, if you've never been in a synagogue, that alo...  more »
  • For small cameral concert it is fine. But the worst were plastic uncomfortable seats. The acustic was rather poor.  more »
  • We visited on a cold wet day to get away from the weather but were glad we did. A very interesting building with lots of detail relating to the WW11 and its effect on the Wroclaw Jewish community.  more »
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  • Beautifully restored and has a free entrance. A must-see.
  • Uduchowione miejsce Ma coś niezwykłego w sobie.
  • Beautiful building sourrounded by small cafes and pubs
  • No doubt it's worth a visit. Especially if you are just a little into history.
  • A great place of documented Jewish life in Wrocław and Poland. A nice place to rest and wonder around.