The Isaac Synagogue in Krakow, built in the early Judaic-Baroque style, was opened in 1644, and was a gift to the city from a wealthy Jew, Izaak Jakubowicz.
It is a large building that at the time of its construction caused great concern amongst the Christians in the Kazimierz district. During the Nazi occupation the synagogue was turned into workshops for the Słowacki theatre, called then the Staatstheater. Nowadays the synagogue is under the patronage of the programme "Synagoga Izaaka", which is collecting money to renovate the synagogue.
The design is decoratively endowed with arabesques and arches, yet retains a sober linearity, especially within. There is much to admire, not least the fragments of original wall scriptures.
A shop inside sells kosher food, sweets, Jewish calendars and other items, and around the back you'll find Szalom Falafel - Kraków's only kosher fast food restaurant. Klezmer concerts take place here Thu & Sun at 18:00 starting from March.
The Izaak Synagogue or Isaac Synagogue, formally known as the Isaak Jakubowicz Synagogue, is a Prayerhouse built in 1644 in the historic Kazimierz District of Krakow, Poland. The synagogue is named for its donor, Izaak Jakubowicz (d. 1673), also called Isaac the Rich, a banker to King Wladyslaw IV. The synagogue was designed by Francesco Olivierri, an Italian working in Poland in that era. Jakubowicz is buried in the Remah Cemetery. Variants of the name include Ayzik, Izaak, and Isaac. Izaak is the standard Polish spelling, while Jakubowicz is Polish for a "Son of Jacob."