High Synagogue
High Synagogue
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Originally built from 1557 to 1563, this synagogue's furnishings and decorations were destroyed and stolen by the Nazis during World War II; the building was renovated during the 1970s and now serves as a workshop for the conservation of historical monuments.
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,348 contributions
Mar 2023
This time around, the synagogue was closed for repairs, but we did manage to get into the building and see some of the repairs being done.
As for the exterior of the building, it's beginning to show its age.
Written 20 March 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK617,306 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
I love nothing better than walking around the wonderful Kazimierz District ,great cafe's,pubs,bars and restaurants and superb architecture ,a structure that always catches my eye is High Synagogue .
The High Synagogue also known as The Tall Synagogue was constructed by 1563 ,it's a wonderful looking building ,a bit of a plain exterior with graffiti covered walls on some parts of the synagogue ,the building has a faded elegance to it ,my twin brother Ste and I were heading to Izaak Food Market and passed this synagogue ,never ventured in but I was content to take some photo's before moving on ,it's a beautiful building,well worth checking out if you're in the area and easy to locate along Ulica Josefa in the Jewish Quarter.
Written 21 August 2022
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,646 contributions
Aug 2022
This is a very historical 16th century synagogue in Krakow's Kazimerez district, and it is definitely worth a visit.
Written 21 August 2022
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windytravel79
Budapest, Hungary1,339 contributions
Oct 2019
This is the only high and monument synagogue in Kraków - this has its historical reasons. This one was built of private money - the history of the synagogue is interesting, Actually it is under renovation. Unfortunately I could not enter, watched it only from outside.
Written 1 December 2019
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HCovik
Atlanta, GA3,299 contributions
Sep 2019
The building looks decrepit, similar to the cafe next door (2 Okna) and the next house over. I have no clue why as so much of Krakow has been renovated. The building goes back to 1563 and is the third oldest synagogue.
It is called the "High Synagogue" because the prayer hall was located on the upper floor. Today on the ground floor there is a library and on the upper floor a photographic exhibition relating to the history of Jewish families in Krakow during the two world wars. The prayer room has very large ceilings and some of the original details remain and some of the murals have been restored.
Written 29 September 2019
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,555 contributions
Jun 2019
With its imposing exterior when viewed from across the street you can easily tell that the High Synagogue, dating from the 16th century, was a house of worship, but not much remains of its religious identity inside. Stripped by the Nazis, only the rectangular frame of the Renaissance-era Aron ha Kodesh (where the ark of the Torah was kept) and the ornament above show a liturgical purpose. Instead the space is used for various exhibits. When we visited, we saw the fascinating photo story of several Jewish families in interwar Krakow.

If you only have time for a couple of synagogues in Krakow, I’d make this one a lower priority, but it is worth a visit if you have the time.
Written 20 August 2019
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Tom J
London, UK1,577 contributions
Aug 2019
The High Synagogue, named this due to the synagogue originally being on the second floor with shops underneath is past its prime. After being brutally torn apart by the Nazi's in WW2 it would appear this synagogue never recovered. In a state of somewhat disrepair the ground floor now a workshop focused on the conservation of other monuments it feels somewhat of a shame given this was once a dominating building in the area.
Written 12 August 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
When you compare this synagogues with the other ones in Kazimierz - it is a pitty that this one is not in a better condition.
Written 18 June 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK617,306 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
I love walking around the wonderful Jewish Quarter ( Kazimierz ) with its innumerable pubs,bars and restaurants and superb buildings,there's so many stunning structures in this district and the synagogues are the jewels in the crown especially the High Synagogue .
The High Synagogue which has stood proud on this spot since 1563 ,also known as the Tall Synagogue as it was the tallest synagogue in Krakow,it's an inactive synagogue that is probably the most famous synagogue in Krakow. .
The synagogue has an austere and rather plain exterior, a faded elegance that looks so evocative and makes for some great photographic opportunities.
I love wandering the streets of the Kazimierz district and take in the history and atmosphere of this district, every corner oozes history and it's buildings like the High Synagogue that make this area such a joy to visit.
The High Synagogue is easy to locate on Ulica Jozefa in the heart of the Jewish Quarter.
Most definitely well worth checking out.
Written 31 January 2019
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Stucolco
Johns Island, SC1,614 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
After seeing so much at the other synagogues in Kazimierz, we decided that it wasn’t worth the fee to go inside to see a photography exhibition and made do with seeing the original front wall and portal.
Written 30 August 2018
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