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Obj. ID: 25074
Jewish Architecture
  Wagenstraat Synagogue in Den Haag, The Netherlands

© Willy Lindwer, Photographer: Lindwer, Willy, 2002

The synagogue is located behind the private residences of the Wagenstraat. It was consecrated in the year 1844. It replaced an older synagogue which was situated at the Voldersgracht (dated ca. 1721/23). The Neo-Classical main façade includes a cornice and triangular pediment with a tondo window. The entrance itself is also adorned with a triangular pediment is supported by Tuscan columns. Rounded arched windows can be found in the side walls of the building. The entrance originally contained an unknown Hebrew inscription and the date 5604 (1844 CE) but these were removed in the year 1981. The synagogue was oriented along the short axis which meant that the Torah ark was situated against the long southeastern wall. The bimah was placed at the center of the assembly hall, facing the Torah ark. The building, including the galleries which are supported by slender Ionic columns, were expanded in 1922. The complex was expanded with the establishment of an administrative building and a second synagogue along the Nieuwe Molstraat (demolished in 1981), designed by the architect H. Elte Phzn in the architectural style of the Amsterdam School.

The interior of the synagogue was damaged by fire during the Second World War in 1944. Three years later, the building was again consecrated as a synagogue after which the Jewish religious services resumed. In 1976, the building became abandoned and was subsequently sold to the municipality of The Hague. The decorated Torah ark (ca. 1723) was removed and relocated to Israel in the same year. The building was repurposed as a mosque which opened its doors in the year 1979. The front façade of the building received Arabic inscriptions and two large steel minarets were placed in the forecourt of the building.

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Name/Title
Wagenstraat Synagogue in Den Haag | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1842-1844
Synagogue active dates
until 1981
Reconstruction dates
1980s
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
The Netherlands | Den Haag (The Hague)
| Wagenstraat 103 | 2512 AS
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
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
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Iconographical Subject
Unknown |
Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Mosque
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
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Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
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Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
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Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
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Group
Group
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Group
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Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
http://jck.nl/en/node/1042

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)
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Author of description
Remy Arkenbosch | 2018
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Computer Reconstruction
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