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Sofia Synagogue

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The Sofia Synagogue is the city’s only Jewish house of worship. It was built between 1905 and 1909 by the Viennese architect Gruenanger, who designed it to be a smaller replica of the Sephardic synagogue in Vienna. The project was costing 437 000 golden leva at the time. The Central Sofia Synagogue building features a large courtyard, a brass chandelier, and other decorations imported from Vienna. The synagogue was damaged during bombings in 1944 and has since been restored through a donation from the Doron Foundation of Israel. The synagogue houses the offices of the Jewish Religious Council and a small museum on the second floor. The synagogue is part of the Square of Tolerance. It is located near other religious buildings, such as a mosque, a Catholic cathedral, and an Orthodox church, showcasing Sofia’s tolerance and co-existence of different religions.

For further information, please visit the Sofia Synagogue website.

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Earliest cultural period:
Early Modern Times (1880 AD - 1913 AD)
Year of construction:
Can be seen on:
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