Poland - 300-Year-Old Synagogue Comes Back to Life
Poland - The Museum of the History of Polish Jews based in Warsaw has been in middle of a project to reconstruct the ceiling of the renowned Ukranian Gwozdziec synagogue in the town of Sanok, southeastern Poland.
The synagogue, built between 1700 and 1731, was a largely wooden structure with an ornately carved and decorated cupola ceiling, resplendent with Hebrew inscriptions and intricately painted images of the zodiacs, animals and vegetation. It was destroyed, along with approximately 200 other wooden synagogues, during the German occupation of Poland in World War II.
An international team of professional volunteers have been painting details to reconstructed the 18th century synagogue roof.
The roof will be a key exhibit in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is due to open in 2014. The original synagogue was destroyed during World War II.
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