Baltics' Oldest Synagogue Reopen in Ludza

The Great Synagogue of Ludza in Latvia's east is a unique Jewish heritage site. The wooden building is at least 200 years old and now is unveiled after a restoration which lasted over a year.

The former library of the synagogue, located on the ground floor, features an exhibit dedicated to the Latvian-Israeli documentary director Herz Frank and his father, the pre-World War II Ludza photographer Wulf Frank. While the former women’s gallery houses an exhibition on the history of the Ludza Jewish community, dating back to 18th century, and the Holocaust.

The Great Synagogue of Ludza was granted the status of national monument in 2013. It's located in the historical center of the city and you can see its bright red facade from the nearby lake.

During its 200-year lifespan the synagogue has been rebuilt several times, survived two fires and miraculously remained intact during World War II. Of the five synagogues of Ludza, this is the only one still standing.

The Great Synagogue of Ludza is a cultural (architectural) monument of national importance and the oldest synagogue in Latvia and the Baltic States. It is located in the area of another monument – the Historical Centre of Ludza Town. The synagogue is considered to be a unique monument of Jewish culture in the north-eastern Europe – those mostly have been lost elsewhere in Europe during the 20th century.





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