White Stork Synagogue, Wroclaw

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
The White Stork Synagogue is a nineteenth-century synagogue in Wrocław, Poland. Rededicated in 2010 after a decade-long renovation, it is the religious and cultural centre of the local Jewish community, under the auspices of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland. It is the only synagogue in Wrocław to have survived the Holocaust.
The synagogue, which opened in 1829 when the city was known as Breslau and part of the Kingdom of Prussia, is a three-story Neoclassical designed by the architect Carl Ferdinand Langhans (1781–1869). Langhans was one of the foremost 19th-century architects of Silesia. He was among Germany’s foremost theater designers. He also designed the Breslau Actors' Guild Theater and Opera House. The original interior, now lost, was designed by the painter Raphael Biow (1771–1836) and his son Hermann Biow (1804–1850). The name was taken from an inn of the same name which had previously stood on the site.
The main prayer hall is surrounded on three sides with women's galleries. Two levels of galleries to the north and two on the south flank a single gallery on the eastern Torah ark wall. The wooden frame of the Torah ark and the damaged tablets of the Ten Commandments are all that remain of the original religious features. Using our online itinerary creator, Wroclaw attractions like White Stork Synagogue can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This synagogue was spared being burned down by the Nazis as it was surrounded by buildings. The Jewish community of whom there are few have restored the synagogue and they share the stories of those.....  more »
  • Before the Second World War, Wrocław was the German City of Breslau where Jews had lived for about 1,000 years. On Kristallnacht all of its synagogues were destroyed or severely damaged except for...  more »
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