Great Synagogue [not existent]
This is a touristic overview of the synagogue. For a detailed description, please click the box below.
The synagogue was blown up in 1944. It was not rebuilt. Today, a high-rise building stands on the site.
But: There is a miniature park near the Old Town where miniatures of buildings that no longer exist are exhibited. There is also a miniature of the synagogue with interior furnishings.
Condition after World War II
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This magnificent synagogue was completed in 1878 and could accommodate over two thousand worshippers. The Great Synagogue was the symbol of the successful integration of part of the Jewish population in Warsaw.
The synagogue was blown up on 16 May 1943. It was the last day of the Jewish Uprising.
Today, the blue skyscraper (błękitny wieżowiec) stands on the site. White columns on the west side of the skyscraper remind us that a synagogue once stood here.
We can only read about the synagogue in books. But the Jewish heritage continues to live on in Warsaw.
If you want to learn more about the life of Jews in Warsaw and Poland, you should definitely visit the POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute. The institute is located right next to the aforementioned blue skyscraper.