Lendava Synagogue is a former synagogue, currently a museum. It is located in the small town of Lendava, Slovenia, close to the Hungarian border. It was built in the 18th century and today has a permanent exhibition on the History of Jews in Lendava. Near the synagogue was a Jewish school, which functioned until the 1920s and was demolished in the end of the 1990s to allow the construction of a Hungarian cultural centre and a cemetery with 176 tombstones, about 40 from the second half of the 19th century, most of the rest from the 20th century near the village of Dolga Vas, just outside town.
Jews from Hungary settled in Lendava in 1773. Local Jews at the end of the 18th century gathered to pray at the home of the innkeeper Bodog Weisz. In 1837, the community rented a house for use as a prayer hall, which had 50 seats. In 1843, the community rented and then purchased another building, which was their first real synagogue.
Construction on a new synagogue began in 1866, and this building still stands in the center of town at Spodnja ulica 5. It is a boxy, rectangular brick structure with a peaked roof. The corners are decorated with slightly raised, flat false pilasters. Heavily damaged by the Germans, the building was sold to the town after the 2nd war by the Jewish Federation of Yugoslavia and was used as a warehouse.
Work began in 1994 to renovate the synagogue for use as a culture center which will also have an exhibition on local Jewish history in the women's gallery. The only original interior decorative elements remaining in the building are six fluted cast iron pillars supporting a rebuilt gallery, plus stairway railings and a small niche in the stairwell. The one-time circular (rose) window over the Ark has been changed into an arched window, and two of the arched side windows (which exist on the south side only) have been lengthened and enlarged. The third (left hand) window on the south side has been left at apparently its original shape and size. There is also an arched window over the door in the West side. Make Synagogue Lendava part of your personalized Lendava itinerary using our Lendava trip itinerary planner.
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Sinagoga (synagogue) is best museum about history of Jew minority in Slovenia. Another synagogue in Maribor has older and more interesting architecture interior in Lendava is more authentic. The...
Sinagoga (synagogue) is best museum about history of Jew minority in Slovenia. Another synagogue in Maribor has older and more interesting architecture interior in Lendava is more authentic. The... more »
The synagogue in Lendava is one of only two synagogues left in Slovenia. The synagogue was built in the 18th century and was heavily destroyed in World War II. It is now a museum which displays a...
The synagogue in Lendava is one of only two synagogues left in Slovenia. The synagogue was built in the 18th century and was heavily destroyed in World War II. It is now a museum which displays a... more »
Synagogue turned into a museum in memory of Lendava Jews. Interesting to look at.
I was just looking around but still an interesting building. You're right to see something The most important thing for children is to be close to the children's playground😉
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