Wooden Synagogues of Poland in the 17th and 18th Century
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The models were based on the thorough and comprehensive research of the famous architects and researchers: Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka, Warszawa, Poland.
A small town west of Warsaw where Jews were already living in the second half of the 16th c.
The synagogue was built in 1710, a year inscribed on the flag topping the right tower. It was renovated in 1893, a year inscribed on the flag topping the left tower. The synagogue was burnt by the Germans on the 21st of September 1939.
Its estimated dimension: 16X18m, height: 17m
The structure of the synagogue was original and different from other wooden synagogues by its two Baroque towers crowned with onion shape domes in the style of the bell-towers of some churches
The interior was in the style of the Baroque. The three-tier Ark of the Law was decorated with beautiful floral motifs. It was carved with a penknife in the regional traditional way. The synagogue was considered, between the two world wars, an artistic historical monument as declared by the Polish authorities. The model was built after a photograph from one angle only.
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Last Updated February 27th, 2003