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CÁSLAV SYNAGOGUE

CÁSLAV SYNAGOGUE
Cáslav, Czech Republic
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BACKGROUND

Cáslav Synagogue in the central Czech Republic was constructed in 1899 to serve the town’s Jewish population. The building was designed by Wilhelm Stiassny, an architect from Vienna. Stiassny conceived the synagogue based on a simple, rectangular floor plan with an accentuated west transept. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

A survey of the architectural elements showed that erosion threatened the building’s structural integrity. The Jewish community of Prague began emergency stabilization at Cáslav Synagogue in 1999. The project was supported by the government because the site is a state-protected cultural monument, but more funding was still needed to ensure complete restoration.

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Jewish architectural legacy in Eastern Europe was seriously jeopardized in the second half of the 20th century, first by widespread destruction in World War II and then by the continued neglect of communist governments. Now restored to its original beauty, the Cáslav Synagogue functions as a concert hall, museum, and cultural space for the modern community.