Kraków, Poland

Tempel Reformed Synagogue, Kazimierz, Kraków, Poland

Founded in 1862 by Jewish progressives in Kraków, the Tempel Synagogue was the last of the great Synagogues in Kraków to be constructed. Enlargement was necessary in 1868, 1893 and finally in 1924.

Of all of the Synagogues in Kazimierz this one survived the Nazi atrocities best, although its congregation was still wiped out the buildings were left standing and used as a munitions store. After the War it was the first Synagogue to become active once more, but today it is only used for an active service a few times a year – it is now used more frequently as a concert venue.

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