If you’ve ever wondered how many synagogues there are in Europe, now you have an answer: 3,318. The precision of that answer is down to the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, a UK-based institute that ordered what it says is the first-ever continent-wide study of Jewish houses of worship.
The result can be seen on an online map, which offers details for each of the 3,000-plus synagogues. Here are a few special ones:
Click on each of the bubbles to get more info on each synagogue: a picture, where available, details on the date and style of construction, and its current purpose. Less than a quarter are in use as a synagogue. Others are disused, or converted to a number of other purposes – examples include a swimming pool, a bar, police station, a funeral parlour, and a mosque.
The point of mapping all of Europe’s remaining synagogues – before World War II, there were about 17,000 – is to identify those in imminent danger of ruin. The Foundation has identified around 160 houses of worship which are in imminent danger of ruin. It is hoped that this will spur restoration efforts.
Map found here on at the Foundation for Jewish Heritage.
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