Kupa Synagogue

Krakow, Poland

 
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Address
ul. Warszauera 8 (entrance from ul. Miodowa 27)
Krakow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
Phone Number
+48 12 4295735
This rather unfortunately named synagogue was founded in 1643, using funds from the local kahal/qlhll (mid-kupat ha-kahal) - autonomous Jewish government which, it is said explains where the name comes from. Another version claims that the name derives from the kupat tzedakah, or " collection box.' Anyway, this does not change the fact that "kupa" means "shit" in Polish (oh). Designed in the Baroque style with a square prayer hall, the synagogue shared a wall with the original Kazimierz town by the ramparts, which are still visible today. During the war, it was sacked, and numerous architectural elements were destroyed, including the bimah. Renovated in 2002, the richly decorated interior features ceiling paintings of Biblical scenes and holy places, made by an unknown artist in the 1920s, as well as zodiac symbols on the balcony. An information brochure in English is available for visitors, and there is also a small photographic exhibition in the upstairs galleries of women. The time of the visit: approximately 15 minutes.

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