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Jewish Architecture
  Esnoga Portuguese Synagogue in Den Haag, The Netherlands

© Willy Lindwer, Photographer: Lindwer, Willy, 2002

The Portuguese synagogue was consecrated in 1726 based on a design by Daniel Marot in the late style of Louis XIV. The layout of the building is rectangular in shape and its façade is divided by the colossal order of pilasters, spanning the entire height of the building. The monumental entrance includes a classical fronton which contains the Hebrew verse referring to Psalm 84:2 and the date 5486 (1726 CE). The interior is divided into three aisles with the use of Ionic columns which support the women’s gallery. In line with the Sephardic layout of synagogues, the bimah (teva) is not positioned at the center of the building but closer to the entrance and the benches face the main aisle instead of the Torah ark. The layout of this Sephardic synagogue is similar to the layout of the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam.

After the Second World War, the building became abandoned for a long period of time. It was bought by the Liberaal Joodse Gemeente in 1972 and subsequently renovated in 1974/76 and 1992/93.

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Name/Title
Esnoga Portuguese Synagogue in Den Haag | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1725-1726
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
1997
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Ashkenazi | Liberal
Sephardi | Western
| (from 1976)
Congregation
Unknown
Location
The Netherlands | Den Haag (The Hague)
| Prinsessegracht 24-26 / Jan Evertstraat 7a | 2514 BS
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
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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Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Unknown |
Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
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
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

van Agt, J.F., Edward van Voolen. Synagogen in Nederland (Hilversum: Gooi and Sticht, 1988)

van Voolen, Edward, Paul Meijer. Synagogen van Nederland (Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2006)
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
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Author of description
Remy Arkenbosch | 2018
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
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Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.