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Jewish synagogue

The Jewish synagogue in Sofia is situated in the very heart of the Bulgarian capital. It is the third largest in Europe, following the synagogues in Budapest and Amsterdam. It was designed by the Austrian architect Friedrich Grunander in Byzantine and Moorish style, and the temple resembles the Vienna synagogue destroyed by the Nazis. The Jewish Synagogue in Sofia is a huge domed building flanked by decorous turrets. This extravagant building, a monument of the community which once made up one fifth of Sofia’s population, was opened in1909, and the ceremony was attended by tzar Ferdinand.

One of the most beautiful architectural monuments in Sofia, the synagogue was originally intended to accommodate about 1300 worshippers. However, public worships are attended by not more than 50-60 persons. As a result of a renewed interest in the past and faith of their ancestors, an increasing number of young people now attend the divine services. Of couse, on great festive days, many people gather there, including high officials of non-Jewish origin.

The most impressive feature of the interior is the huge chandelier hanging from the cupola, surrounded by Art Nouveau-inspired wall decorations.
The synagogue is shining in all its splendour after a serious restoration has been made.
On the 2nd floor the Synagogue hosts the Jewish Museum of History which worth visiting.

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