Old Synagogue

Address: Szeroka 24

Area: Kazimierz

Type: Churches/Synagogues

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The Old Synagogue dated back the late 15th and early 16th century and was probably built shortly after the Jewish population were banished to Kazimierz by decree of King John Albert in 1495. The original structure burnt down in 1570 following a fire, and has had numerous renovations following further fire and war damage throughout the centuries. This culminated in a complete overhaul after the synagogue was sacked by the Nazi´s during the Second World War. The resulting structure is the magnificent spectacle you find today and includes the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow which hosts the permanent exhibition recounting the history and culture of Krakow Jews. Visitors to the synagogue will witness some of the most scared artefacts in Jewish history including the original 16th Century Stone, Aaron Hakodesh, the Holy Ark enclosing the Torah Scrolls. The barrel vaulting in the Women´s Hall of the Old Synagogue is also a noteworthy exhibit. 

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