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White Stork Synagogue, Wroclaw

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4.6/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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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  • Worth having a look if you are interested in history especially Jewish history. Gives a good overview and you get the see the old synagogue. And its FREE!! 
  • The Jewish community of Wroclaw is dynamic and has revived the old Jewish district of Wroclaw by various quarters, religious and commercial activities
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  • In a sad night of November 1938 Nazis have Crystal night in Wroclaw. All synagogues Wrocław were destroyed, only one Synagogue under the white stork. The proximity of adjacent buildings rescued this property. The synagogue survived the Nazi black night, survived the reactionaries and at the beginning of the 21st century has regained its luster. Differ from those of Cracow, the Galician synagogues in Kraków, Tarnów, Dabrowie Tranowskiej. But comes alive during the concerts, is filled with lots of guests, mainly of the goyim. I was there at the wedding of the Jews, where Kala and Chatan or Katka and slawek under Chupą filed a vows. Like all awake but asleep. And pressed to the head of the Slonim: "no longer have these towns, where Shoemaker was a poet, a philosopher, a watchmaker hairdressers Troubadour. There is no longer any of those towns, where biblical songs the wind combined with the Polish piosnką and Slavic sorrow, Where old Jews in orchards under the shadow of cherries Mourn the sacred walls of Jerusalem. There is no longer any of those towns, have passed away, and this place will be between our words, it will bratersko and compounded over two Nations fed centuries of suffering. "
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  • A great place of documented Jewish life in Wrocław and Poland. A nice place to rest and wonder around.
  • No doubt it's worth a visit. Especially if you are just a little into history.
  • Interesting exhibition on the Jewish community in Wrocław plus a special exhibit on Yiddish and women.
  • I would recommend
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  • Pięknie odrestaurowana, druga z największych synagog we Wrocławiu po Neue Synagogue, zniszczonej podczas Nocy Kryształowej. Piękne wnętrze, w szczególności sufit, w synagodze regularnie prezentowane są różne wystawy czasowe. Obok znajduje sięzala modlitw, obecnie (IV kwartał 2015) odrestaurowywana. Cała okolica jest godna polecenia, bo obfituje w piękne widoki i klimatyczne knajpki. Mimo to uważam, że w okolicy przydałoby się więcej drzew.
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