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Brodsky Synagogue, Kiev

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The Brodsky Choral Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Kiev, Ukraine. It was built in the Romanesque Revival style resembling a classical basilica. The original tripartite facade with a large central avant-corps flanked by lower wings also echoed the characteristic design of some Moorish Revival synagogues, such as the Leopoldstädter Tempel in Vienna.HistoryThe synagogue was built between 1897 and 1898. It was designed by Georgiy Shleifer. A sugar magnate and philanthropist Lazar Brodsky financed its construction.For many decades the local and imperial authorities forbade the construction of a monumental place of Jewish worship in Kiev, as they feared that this would facilitate the growth of the Jewish community in Kiev, which, being a big trading and industrial city, would then become an important Jewish religious center. This was considered "undesirable" due to the symbolic importance of Kiev, as the cradle of Russian Orthodoxy. It was only allowed to convert existing buildings into Jewish worship houses.In 1895, permission was given to build a synagogue in the Podil district, a poor quarter of Kiev. The location was however too far from the city center where the wealthy Jews lived such that they could not walk there on Sabbath. They wished a big choral synagogue in the city center, similar to those in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Odessa.
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  • Brodsky Synagogue is small but beautiful one. Even if it small it is still the biggest synagogue in Kiev. 
  • A great country from the former Soviet structures weight. There's a lot of sights here have come to a wider time period.
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  • A beautiful synagogue, home in Ukraine. Inside is also very neat and beautiful. Take politely entrance unhindered.
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  • It's a must place yo visit. In the back of the building there is a kosher restaurant Mendy's The food is really good and very tasty. I went to the Brodetzky synagogue there were so many local jew seems like few hundreds. The place runs by Habad. I can only say kol hakavod
  • Old historical building build buy Brodsky
  • Шалом!
  • A beautiful synagogue, home in Ukraine. Inside is also very neat and beautiful. Take politely entrance unhindered.
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  • One of the most famous synagogues in Kiev. Very beautiful place.
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