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The old synagogue of Edirne in ruins | by Frans.Sellies
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The old synagogue of Edirne in ruins

Edirne had one of the largest synagogues, but now it stands in ruins. There are plans for restoration.

The large dome and one of the side walls of its main ceremonial hall collapsed in 1997 during a storm.

 

Following the great fire of 1905 in which all the 13 synagogues of Edirne were burned to the ground, the community constructed a new synagogue in 1907 which was modeled on the synagogue of Vienna. It could accommodate 1,200 worshippers – 900 men and 300 women. The synagogue was used regularly until 1970, but it fell into disuse after Jews from the city migrated to other areas, such as the US, Canada, Israel and İstanbul.

 

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Taken on August 10, 2011