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Great Synagogue of Iasi

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Great Synagogue of Iasi


Basic Information

Location 7 Strada Sinagogilor, Iași, Iași County, Romania
Country Romania
City Iași
Address 47° 9′ 55.9″ N, 27° 35′ 31.8″ E

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 47.16558,27.59194


The Great Synagogue of Iași (Romanian: Sinagoga Mare) was built in 1671 and is the oldest surviving synagogue in Romania. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments.

The building has round-arched windows, and two wings. One wing is two-stories high and capped by a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The other is a tall, single-story hall with and a 32'diameter dome capped with a lantern. The dome was added to the building in the early 20th-century.

Of the more than 110 synagogues in Iași before World War II, only the Great Synagogue remains as a result of the Holocaust. It is a free standing building in a small garden off Cucu Street (once called Sinagogilor Street for the many synagogues located on it) just north of the city center in the old Jewish neighbourhood of Targu Cucului. Exposure to the elements has resulted in structural deterioration and volatile times of religious and political persecution have resulted in physical devastation. The synagogue suffers from water infiltration, lack of maintenance, and a dwindling Jewish community. The synagogue underwent major renovations in 1761, 1822 and 1864. It was partly restored in the 1970s and a major restoration was begun in 2010. The Women's gallery houses a small museum of the Jewish community of Iași. The synagogue is one of only two which continues to serve the dwindling Jewish community of Iași.

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