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Obj. ID: 10104
Jewish Architecture
  Synagogue in Pitești, Romania

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

The synagogue in Piteşti was constructed in 1920–1924 at one of the central squares of the town. It is a large building facing the square with its northern façade. The architectural style of the synagogue could be defined as Neo- Brâncovenesc elements in an Art Deco setting. Thus the building looks simultaneously as modern and as anchored in Romanian history. The size of the synagogue and its prominent position in the cityscape signify the important place of Jews in the life and economics of Piteşti.

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Synagogue in Pitești | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1920-1924
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Romania | Wallachia | Argeș județ | Piteşti
| Bulevardul 19 Noiembrie 1
Site
Unknown
Period
Unknown
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Documentation / Research project
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Material/Technique
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
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Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Brick
Measurements
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Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
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Condition
Extant
Yes
Documented by CJA
No
Surveyed by CJA
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
Urban significance
Significance Rating
3 (National)
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
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
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

Jews settled in Piteşti in the early 19th century. In 1899, there were 875 Jews who constituted 5.6%of the total population of the town. In the 20th century, the number of Jews significantly diminished to 450 men and women in 1947.[1]


[1] Pinkas ha-kehilot: Romaniyah, 1:216.

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Bibliography
Aristide Streja and Lucian Schwarz, Sinagogi din România (Bucharest, 1996) = Synagogues of Romania ([Bucharest]: Hasefer Publishing House, 1997), p. 70, 188, ills 48-49; http://romanianjewish.org/?page_id=46
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