Vilnius Choral Synagogue

Vilnius Choral Synagogue

Vilnius Choral Synagogue
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,544 contributions
A beautiful tribute to memory and to the living community
Oct 2019
Built in 1903 in a Romanesque-Moorish style, the Choral Synagogue is the only active synagogue in Vilnius. More than 100 others were destroyed during the Nazi and Soviet occupations. Under the Nazis, the synagogue was used as a storage depot for medical supplies. Under the Soviets, the synagogue was nationalized and became a metal workshop. After Lithuanian independence, the synagogue was repaired and reopened. It holds daily, sabbath and holiday services for the Vilnius community and visitors.

The synagogue is quite beautiful inside and out. The exterior combines an overall Romanesque form with very eclectic decorative elements. The stately blue and white interior, includes a lovely dome, attractive balconies and an Aron Hakodesh (where the Torah is kept at the front of the sanctuary) that has an almost biblical-era style with its columns, levels and curves.

The balconies hold several items of interest, as well as a stunning view of the sanctuary. Perhaps most unique is the matzo making machine which was used secretly during the Soviet occupation. (Imagine that, samizdat matzo!). You can easily visualize each stage of the matzo creation process. In addition, they have a fascinating map showing the huge number of Lithuanian towns and shtetls with Jewish populations in the early 20th century with each town depicted by size and Jewish percentage of the population, as well as historical photographs of Lithuanian synagogues.

An important stop on any visit to Vilnius – to commemorate and, if applicable, to worship.
Written February 23, 2020
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Dee
55 contributions
beautiful place
Oct 2019
On a big street...beautiful on the outside and inside..:)) The rabbi is very friendly and speaks lots of languages. There is matzo maker upstairs and photos of a lot of synagogues in Lithuania that they have found.
Written November 10, 2019
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Benamard
Rehovot, Israel2,468 contributions
Wonderfully preserved
Oct 2019 • Family
This Synagogue is the last remaining Synagogue in Vilnius after War World II.
There’s an entrance fee of 1€ for adults only. There’s a beautiful mural of a star of david. Be sure not to miss it.
Written October 18, 2019
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DGK
8 contributions
Beautiful Synagogue
Jul 2019
Every visitor to Vilnius should stop at this synagogue and appreciate it's beauty -- and how it is the only one of about 100 that the Nazis and Soviets didn't destroy.
Written July 27, 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia24,240 contributions
The Last Remaining Synagogue In Vilnius
May 2019 • Couples
The Choral Synagogue, built in 1903 with Romanesque-Moorish styling is the last remaining synagogue in Vilnius, a city that once had some 100 synagogue's. This one survived both the Nazi occupation and Soviet rule.There was no access when visited.
Written June 24, 2019
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durham05
Durham, UK1,185 contributions
Hard to get inside
May 2019 • Solo
Went here several times but never found it open, which was a real shame. An impressive building from the outside.
Written June 15, 2019
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a b
Israel51 contributions
Inspirational and Sad at the Same Time
May 2019
Serves not only as a synagogue but as a community center, doing wonderful work with many populations. Worth visiting.
Written June 5, 2019
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BerkoBoy88
Buckinghamshire, UK420 contributions
Lovely to see the only one left
May 2019 • Couples
It's hard to believe that there were pre-war over 100 synagogues and a Jewish community of nearly 100 thousand. Now one synagogue and under 500 jews. The Nazi regime were brutal but thank the lord they failed. This synagogue is beautiful and hopefully more Jewish people will return soon. The matzo making machine is a gem.
Written May 13, 2019
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AlkisAG
Vilnius, Lithuania4 contributions
Holly place
Mar 2019 • Family
If you are Jew, this is the holly place for you. Old, still needs some renovation, but the only left in Vilnius and well respected by locals
Written March 10, 2019
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LucyFelthouse
Derbyshire172 contributions
Pretty, worth seeing
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is a very striking building, with lots of history behind it. Check opening times before you visit. You have to press the button on the gate to be allowed access, and pay a euro on entry. It's quite a small place of worship, but is very pretty. There are some information boards, but unfortunately the information was only in Lithuanian. Can't imagine you'd spend too long there, but if you're interested in this kind of thing, it's worth checking out.
Written March 3, 2019
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