Riga Synagogue
Riga Synagogue
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Jerrold L
Toronto, Canada91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is the only synagogue functioning in Riga. Daily services are held every morning, but one can visit as a tourist for a nominal donation during the day. It is a beautiful building, and worth a visit.
Written August 20, 2023
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NewsTraveler123
Amsterdam, The Netherlands17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful synagogue. Good opportunity to look into the centuries’ old history of the Jewish community of Latvia, where 80% were killed by the Nazis.
Written August 19, 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,177 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
I’ve never been inside an establishment from this religion. I’ve been to Christian and Muslim places of worship. First I had to pay to get in and the guy seemed very unhappy. And there wasn’t a lot to see and no information so I didn’t learn anything.
Written June 14, 2023
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It is the only synagogue in Riga to have survived the Holocaust and to be currently active. The Synagogue was built 1903-1905 in an art nouveau style.When Riga's synagogues were burned in 1941 by the Nazis and their Latvian collaborators, the Peitav Synagogue was the only one to survive because of its location in the Old Town, adjacent to other buildings. Subsequently, during World War II, the synagogue was used as a warehouse.
Written September 30, 2020
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The Peitav Synagogue is located in Riga Old Town. It is the only synagogue in Riga which has survived the Holocaust.

The Synagogue was built 1903-1905 in an Art Nouveau style. The interior is very beautiful.

There is a small entrance fee.
Written September 29, 2020
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Nataly S
Petah Tiqwa, Israel35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Part of the experience is the conversation with the men who runs the place.
I don’t remember his name and we spoke only Russian but he told us a lot about the Jewish Population in Rīga.
Very very sad and very important to visit the synagogue.
Written March 5, 2020
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WindsorP
Dublin, Ireland264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Not he easiest place to find,but worth the trouble.Lovely building,and beautiful interior in the Art Deco style.Prior to WW2 there were about 40 Synagogues in Riga,and this,Peitav-Shul,is the only remaining functioning Synagogues left.While this is a place of worship,and not a museum as such,more information about the history and reconstruction of the building would be a big help.
Written February 23, 2020
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Jellyfish62
Liverpool, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Well worth the 3 euros to go inside. As the only synagogue left in Riga, it's an important part of the history of the city. If culture and history is your thing, it's well worth a visit. The gentleman who greeted up there was a lovely, friendly chap too!
Written February 11, 2020
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The Peitav-Shul Synagogue in Old Town is the only Riga synagogue that survived the Holocaust and the only active synagogue in Riga. Completed in 1905 and designed in the Art Nouveau style popular in Latvia and around the world at the turn of the 20th century, the synagogue was once the second largest in Riga. It survived the Nazi occupation only because its Old Town location made it too risky for the Nazis and their collaborators to burn it down due to its proximity to other buildings. Instead it was used as a warehouse.

The Art Nouveau exterior is less ornate than many other period buildings in Riga, in keeping with its religious function, but retains many of the characteristic features of the style, such as the use of accent colors, the roof-line decorations and pointed arches. The synagogue’s reverent and refined interior contains ornamentation reminiscent of Egyptian and Mesopotamian styles redolent of the ancient history of the Jewish people. The soothing light blue and white coloring along with the balcony, Holy Ark, stained glass, and chandeliers can only be described as elegant, welcoming, and worshipful.

A few information plaques placed in various locations describe the synagogue’s architecture, ornamentation, and religious features.
Written December 27, 2019
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1527holiday1011
Ashton in Makerfield, UK174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
This building was difficult to find down a small street. It didn’t look open. We looked inside and paid €3. It was beautiful - Art Deco. €3 a bit pricey for it but I understand it’s for the upkeep.
Written November 29, 2019
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