Isaac's Synagogue in Krakow (Kazimierz District)


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It is the largest synagogue in Krakow. It was founded by Izaak Jakubowicz, one of the richest Jews in Krakow in the 17th century. Building was designed by Italian architects: Giovanni Battista Trevano and Giovanni Falconi. Local Christians protested against its construction, claiming it would be too big and they would not be able to receive communion wafers within sight of a synagogue.

During Second World War, Nazis used synagogue as a storage warehouse. Occupiers also destroyed rich interior of synagogue including precious frescoes from the 17th and 18th century. Several layers of those frescoes were restored in patches around the main hall. The ceiling is decorated with Baroque stucco. Synagogue's main interior contains a prayer room for men and a gallery for women. It is private gallery opened in 1995 when conservation works were completed. Today Isaac's Synagogue is definitely active and living one. It is often used for concerts and meetings. Admission to gallery includes two short documentary films about Jewish Kazimierz and Ghetto in Podgorze.
Opening hours:
Mondays – Fridays – 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays – closedSundays – 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Entrance tickets:
7 PLN –

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