Old Synagogue

Old Synagogue

Krakow, Poland

 
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Old Synagogue
Old Synagogue
Old Synagogue
Old Synagogue
Address
33-332 ul. Szeroka 24
Krakow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
Phone Number
+48 12 4220962
Recommended duration
2 hours

The Old Synagogue in Krakow’s Kazimierz district is the oldest surviving synagogue in Poland and ranks among some of the oldest synagogues in all of Europe.
Originally built in the 15th century, it was reconstructed and given a Renaissance-style makeover after it was caught in a fire in 1557. Most of the artworks and relics in it were looted during World War II. Today it is a well-known Jewish museum and a division of the Historical Museum of Krakow.
 
Explore the grand interiors of the Old Synagogue when you visit it.
The items on display at the Old Synagogue’s museum include relics from the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, artifacts related to Jewish rites and traditions, both social and religious, numerous documents, a trove of photographs.
View the numerous exhibits that are part of the permanent exhibition at the museum: The History and Culture of Jews in Krakow.
Walk through the older prayer rooms for men and women on the ground floor to view items for use at Jewish ceremonies, divided into 3 major categories:
  • synagogue
  • holidays and annual festivals
  • private and family life
The Main Hall has exhibits dedicated to the synagogue and important Jewish festivals. See the scroll with text of the Torah that is on display here. There is an exciting collection of items to browse through here. 
South Hall has items dedicated to family and personal life.

There are a number of temporary exhibitions organized regularly at the museum. 

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