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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This beautiful synagogue is worth visiting. Dating back to the 16th century it was used as a synagogue but it now a Museum telling the history of Jews in Bosnia Herzegovina.
The building itself is really lovely. It contains various various artifacts.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an interesting tour around this museum with the option of a very knowledgeable guide, you leave wondering how people can be so cruel to one another.

Thank derek m
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

In one of the oldest synagogues , this small museum is very well kept and relates the history of the Jews in this area. The structure has neat elegant interiors with open brick walls and ceiling - and the small galleries on the ground and upper floors are beautifully curated. They contain photographs and various artifacts which give an insight into the relevance of the Jews who lived in this region. A large book that hangs from the ceiling lists the names of Jews who never returned......

1  Thank Pahari
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

We went to this museum primarily to see information about the history of the Jewish religion in Sarajevo. We were surprised to learn that it is in an old temple which dates back to the 1500. The building was very interesting.

Thank jimandcarolstravels
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

Very well restored Sefard Synagogue that's made into a Jewish Museum with a lot of artifacts related to the Jewish Sarajevo. Apparently, the exposition is to be updated in the next 1-2 years

Thank RostG
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

Small museum about the Jewish history in Sarajevo. The lady at the ticket office was very friendly and spoke excellent English. The synagogue is used once a year, the Jewish community uses the other synagogue the rest of the year.

Thank Esly v
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Reviewed August 29, 2018

The museum, which is located in the old synagoge has a strong focus in the Kristallnacht with photo material from all over Europe.

Thank PetraB69
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

This compact yet handsome building dates from the end of the 16th century. The style of the arcades recalls Romanesque churches, and the building, which is quite different on the inside from what you'd expect on the outside, has double galleries on three sides. No longer in use as a place of worship, I believe, there is traditional synagogue furniture on the ground floor, with exhibits of the Jewish faith, eg a circumcision knife. There is also an extensive historical exhibition, particularly focussing on Kristallnacht, and the history of the Jews in Sarajevo. Although this story is now well-known, it is still very telling and moving.

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

When I did a walking tour of Sarajevo, my guide took me past this very old synagogue, mentioned that Sarajevo was a very rare place in Europe where the Jewish community did not live in a ghetto, and recommended I return to visit the old synagogue and its museum. I came back on my own as she suggested. The entrance fee is small and they only take cash.

You enter from the courtyard into a room with an exhibition on Kristallnacht. Next to that is the old synagogue's main room, left as-was (though as I discovered, the building was badly damaged over the centuries and is presumably mostly reconstructed), with some displays near the room's entrance. The Kristallnacht exhibition continues in the stairwell. On the first floor there is a recreation of a typical Jewish Sarajevo shop and a variety of cases on Jewish life in Sarajevo in the past, focusing mostly but not exclusively on the 19th to very early 20th century. On the second floor there are displays on Jewish life in Sarajevo in the first half of the 20th century — Jewish community organizations; Jews involved in workers' rights groups; and a good amount on life during World War 2, including a book of names of known Holocaust victims from Bosnia, photos (and sometimes stories) of a number of Jews who fought the fascist German-aligned government or the German occupation, and a display of stories of non-Jewish Bosnians recognized by Yad Vashem as helping to save Jews from the Holocaust. Nearly everything is in English as well as Bosnian.

The museum says they hope to create an exhibition of what overall life was like in the area for Jews. I really enjoyed this small museum but think it would really be improved by a narrative that ties the disparate strings together, which is why I'm giving it four stars. I hope they are able to create a display that better tells the amazing overall story of a large Jewish community in the Ottoman Empire. If not for my guide, I wouldn't have had the background information I did. (I also hope that the building next door, which was also a part of the Jewish community, reopens soon; my guide said it had been closed for about a year.)

4  Thank straea
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

in the centre of the old town and surrounded by cafes, we only visited the perimeter of the old temple, once part of a small jewish neighbourhood. the story of demolition, fires, reconstruction and persecution is all too common for the Jews, but never to be forgotten, and the white stones are worth visiting to admire the resilience of the Jewish people and praying for interfaith peace

Thank Nolinice
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