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A Catalogue of Wall Paintings in Central and East European Synagogues
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(XI* Edit) Obj. ID: 1074
Kupa Synagogue in Kraków, .
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Object Detail
Subject
Unknown |
Date
1643
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Community
Location
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Unknown |
Category
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Material/Technique
Material Sdivucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Measurements
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Subgroup
Hallmark Identification
Hallmark Group Classification
Hallmark Reference
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Condition
Biography
Bibliography
Izabella Rejduch-Samkowa and Jan Samek, eds., Katalog Zabytków Sztuki w Polsce, vol. 4: Miasto Kraków, part 6: Kazimierz i Stradom;
Judaica: Bóżnice, budowle publiczne i cmentarze (Warsaw: IS PAN, 1995), pp. 18-20.;
Maria and Kaziemerz Piechotka, Bramy Nieba: Bóznice murowane na ziemiach dzwnei Rzeczypospolitej, (Warszawa: Krupski i S-ka, 1999), pp. 127-128.;
Eleonora Bergman and Jan Jagelski, Zachowane Synagogi i domy molitwy w Polsce: Katalog (Żydowski Institut Historyczny, Warszawa, 1996), p. 65.
Rodov, Ilia, The Torah Ark in Renaissance Poland: A Jewish Revival of Classical Antiquity (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013)
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Photographer
Photograph Date
1995
Negative/ Photo. No.
Documenter
Boris Khaimovich | 1994
Researcher
Boris Khaimovich | 2014
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconsdivuction
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Section Head
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Language Editor
Yeshayahu Gruber | 2015
Donor
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Description

The Kupa ("Cashbox") Synagogue was built in 1643 with funds contributed by the goldsmiths of Kazimierz. [See: Izabella Rejduch-Samkowa and Jan Samek, eds., Katalog Zabytków Sztuki w Polsce, vol. 4: Miasto Kraków, part 6: Kazimierz i Stradom; Judaica: Bóżnice, budowle publiczne i cmentarze (Warsaw: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, 1995), pp. 18-20.]

Initially, the city walls completely hid this synagogue from outside view due to its low position (the current floor is about 80 cm higher than the original).

Renovations and additions introduced many changes to the building over the centuries. A two-story annex, containing a vestibule and washrooms, was added some time between 1830 and 1834. The western wing of the synagogue was built in 1861. At the end of the 19th century the edifice was joined to an adjacent structure. After being ravaged during World War II, the synagogue had to be meticulously restored. 

The northern wall of the synagogue connects with remnants of the medieval city wall of Kazimierz, while its south side faces Warszauera Street. The colorful interior of the Kupa Synagogue serves as an exhibition hall and venue for musical events.

For the synagogue interior see:


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