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  Kloyz in Merkinė - photos of 2006
To the main object: Kloyz in Merkinė, Lithuania

© “Synagogues in Lithuania: A Catalogue” Archives, Photographer: Vedeikaitė, Ieva, 2006

The kloyz was built probably at the turn of the 20th century in the so-called “brick style.” As appears from an early 20th century photograph, it was a bare brick structure under a gable roof, with corner pilasters and rectangular windows under straight pediments. A photograph from 1946 depicts a half-destroyed kloyz; fragments of two façades can be seen. It had a southeastern part with the prayer hall, a two-storey northern part with the vestibule and women’s section, and a projecting platform with retaining wall. The walls were of brick, unplastered, with rectangular openings. The central bay of the southern façade and the corners were emphasized by pilasters. In all likelihood, the division into prayer hall and two-storey part was along north-south axis, based on the 1946 photograph as well as on the arrangement inside the building today.

In the autumn of 1941 the building of the kloyz was used as a gym of the Merkinė Gymnasium,23 but later it was destroyed. The building that has been constructed on the ruins belongs to the Merkinė Vincas Krėvė–Mickevičius High School. Importantly, the building’s division into two parts has been preserved housing offices and a gym respectively.

In 2000s, the structure has been greatly transformed. It has a rectangular ground plan and is built of plastered brick, and covered with a gable roof of metal imitation of ceramic tiles. The southern façade facing the street is symmetrical, with the original preceding platform of rough granite ashlars. The corners of the façade are emphasized by pilasters. The semicircular window in the northern gable may have survived from before WWII.

(Text from Aliza Cohen-Mushlin, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin, Giedrė Mickūnaitė, Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė (eds.), Synagogues in Lithuania. A Catalogue, 2 vols. (Vilnius, 2010-12)).

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Kloyz in Merkinė | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1900?
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
After 1945
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Lithuania | Alytus County | Merkinė
| 14 Seinų St.
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
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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
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Unknown |
Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Sport facility
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
C (Poor)
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Part of shulhoyf
Significance Rating
2 (Regional)
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
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Cohen-Mushlin, Aliza, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin, Giedrė Mickūnaitė, Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė (eds.), Synagogues in Lithuania. A Catalogue, 2 vols. (Vilnius, 2010-12)
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