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Jewish Architecture
  Synagogue in Sighișoara, Romania

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Khaimovich, Boris, 1997

The synagogue in Sighişoara, built in 1911, is a modest Neo-Romanesque building, facing the street with its main, northwestern facade. The façade is crowned by the Star of David and not with the Tablets of the Law, which is rare in Transylvania. The decoration of the main entrance door echoes that of the Torah ark inside the prayer hall.

The prayer hall is spanned with a barrel vault, painted as a starry sky. The hall is lit by eight windows: two in the southeastern wall, flanking the Torah ark, and three in each southwestern and northeastern walls, which are partially blocked by wooden women's galleries. An oculus is placed above the Torah ark. A wooden square bimah is situated in the center of the hall.

The Torah ark is a wooden structure decorated by Stars of David and topped by the tablets of the law. It is flanked by two painted palm trees. The tree on the right side is inscribed צדיק כתמר אפרח ("The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree," Ps. 92:12), and the tree on the left inscribed with the continuation of the verse: כארז בלבנון ישגה ("he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon," Ps. 92:12).

A depiction of the Western Wall in Jerusalem is situated to the right from the entrance door at the northwestern wall of the hall. It looks like a painting is richly decorated frame hanging on the wall. The Western Wall plaza is shown as a narrow lane with a single tree.

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Name/Title
Synagogue in Sighișoara | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1911
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Romania | Transylvania | Mureș județ | Sighişoara
| 13 (10) Take Ionescu St.
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
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Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Brick
Measurements
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Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Unknown |
Condition
Extant
Yes
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
yes
Present Usage
Synagogue
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
B (Fair)
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration

Wall paintings

Urban significance
Significance Rating
2 (Regional)
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
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Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
northwest, facing a street
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Southeast
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
center
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
in rows
Location of Women's Section
gallery on three sides of the prayer hall
Direction Prayer
Southeast
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Southeast
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
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Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Aristide Streja and Lucian Schwarz, Sinagogi din România (Bucharest, 1996) = Synagogues of Romania ([Bucharest]: Hasefer Publishing House, 1997), p. 157, 189, ills. 144-145
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Boris Khaimovich | 1997
Author of description
Vladimir Levin | 2016
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