Abandoned synagogue in Bulgaria (5 of 6)
Despite being in ruins, the synagogue in Vidin, Bulgaria is still famous for being the second-largest Jewish temple in Bulgaria. Built in 1894 it was abandoned after the majority of the local Jews left Bulgaria during and following World War II. The synagogue was seized by the communist government. During the 1970’s the Ministry of Culture and the National Institute of Monuments developed a plan to restore the building. When the communist regime collapsed in 1989 the project was abandoned, leaving the synagogue roofless and exposed to the elements.