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04-JUL-2013 Jola Dziubinska

Replica Of The Great Synagogue

Warsaw, Poland

July 2013 Challenge: 31 Views of Where I Live

In May 2013, a miniature replica of the Great Synagogue of Warsaw was installed on the site of the original one, almost 70 years to the day after the Nazis levelled it.
The project is a 1:10 scale plywood rendition of the 19th century Tlomackie square synagogue, which used to be one of the world's largest.

Blue Skyscraper, Blue Tower - called also sometimes Silver Tower, which is seen in bg, marks the place where synagogue stood before 2nd World War.
It was called the Great Synagogue and was the biggest and the most impressive Jewish temple in Warsaw, constructed between 1872 and 1878.

In 1940 the synagogue was closed, just like other Jewish temples in Warsaw. After liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto, Nazis decided to destroy the temple, what was supposed to be a symbol of final extermination of Jews in Warsaw. The building was blown up on May 16th, 1943.
After the war, there were plans of placing a skyscraper here. But the construction was not started until 1970s. A steel structure was built and covered with a golden elevation. But soon all the works were stopped for many years. People used to say then, that it had been a rabbis' curse for putting a skyscraper in the place of former synagogue, at the holy place. It was partly truth, as in fact Jewish organisations were protesting against the idea. Finally, they agreed and the construction was finished in 1991. The facade's colour was changed into silver, which reflects the colour of sky.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/500s f/8.0 at 24.0mm iso200 full exif

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Cindi Smith10-Jul-2013 03:01
The new and the old....excellent composition and information!!! V
Brenda06-Jul-2013 21:49
Beautiful building and love to see it with its contrasting neighbors. Great composition. V
J. Scott Coile05-Jul-2013 16:29
What a well juxtaposed scene Jola.
waterfalls man05-Jul-2013 12:23
Beautiful shot V!!
Mieke WA Minkjan05-Jul-2013 07:33
the replica looks great against all those surrounding buildings
and I guess that the houses on the right are a replica also
borisalex05-Jul-2013 06:47
This is like in Sofia, Bulgaria, where remains of ancient churches etc. are preserved in the middle of downtown!
John Lamb05-Jul-2013 02:50
Shame the original was not rebuilt.
Carol Rollins05-Jul-2013 01:39
Thank you for the interesting information. I really like the contrast here of the old and the modern. Well seen and beautifully shot.
Janice Dunn04-Jul-2013 23:22
A long sad story. And I think to build the relica is also a way for people to remember the terrible times the Jewish people had in Poland.
Terry Sprague04-Jul-2013 22:59
Terrific history and image. V
Karen Stuebing04-Jul-2013 21:13
Interesting history and a stunning capture. V.
Stephanie04-Jul-2013 21:06
Interesting history and excellent image! BV
Walter Otto Koenig04-Jul-2013 21:05
Very interesting information. Really like your well composed image Jola. "V"
MarcViskens04-Jul-2013 20:52
Beautiful shot
perfect contrast
Helen Betts04-Jul-2013 19:58
A beautiful composition with excellent light. Thanks for all the info as well. I'm glad to see they erected a replica, at least. V.
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