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Obj. ID: 24810
Jewish Architecture
  Old Synagogue in Plzeň, Czech Republic

© Ladislav Faigl (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons, Photographer: Ladislav Faigl, 2012

Samuel D. Gruber wrote on his blog about this synagogue:

Jews were expelled from Plzen in 1504 and only allowed to return in the 19th century. The Romanesque-style Old Synagogue was built in 1857-59 in the courtyard of 80/5 Stephen’s Square (today’s Smetana Park). Though impressive - it was not visible from the street. Architect M. Stelzer designed the substantial structure that was built by W. Wiesner. The rectangular building has a footprint of 20 x 14 m. and is 12 meters high.

The former synagogue is now one of the Ten Stars Revitalization of Jewish Monuments in the Czech Republic project, and it has been beautifully restored and houses the exhibition "Jewish Customs and Traditions." 

Source: http://samgrubersjewishartmonuments.blogspot.com/2018/07/where-were-women-example-of-plzens-old.html

Summary and Remarks

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Name/Title
Old Synagogue in Plzeň | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1857-1859
Synagogue active dates
Until 1930s
Reconstruction dates
2001, 2010-2014
Artist/ Maker
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
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Location
Czech Republic | Bohemia | Plzeň
| 80/5 Smetanovy sady St.
Site
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School/Style
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Unknown
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Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
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Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Brick
Measurements
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Cultural center
Present Usage Details
exhibit on Jewish customs and traditions
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)
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
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Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
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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
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Sources

Fiedler, Jiří. Jewish Sights of Bohemia and Moravia (Prague:Sefer, 1991)

Rozkošná, Blanka and Pavel Jakubec. Židovské památky Čech – Jewish Monuments in Bohemia (Brno, 2004)
https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stará_synagoga_v_Plzni http://10hvezd.cz/en/object/plzen/
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The following information on this monument will be completed:
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