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  • Žilina, Neolog synagogue

    The former synagogue, built in 1928-1931 by the Neolog Jewish community, is an important work of European modern architecture in Slovakia. In the 1920s, the community conducted an international competition to design a new synagogue that would replace an older one dating from 1880. Important architects of the time, including Josef Hoffmann from Vienna and Lipót Baumhorn from Budapest, participated.

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  • Žilina synagogue

    Žilina, Orthodox synagogue

    The Orthodox synagogue is today the center of local Jewish activities. Originally constructed in the 1920s by the breakaway Orthodox congregation, it is small, single-story structure in a quiet residential neighborhood. The basement, once the site of a mikvah (ritual bath), is today used as a shop. The sanctuary is fully preserved with its original furnishings and typical 1920s-style geometric ornamentation.
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  • Trnava

    Trnava, Status Quo Ante synagogue

    This synagogue, built in 1897 for the Status Quo Ante Jewish community, was designed by Jakob Gartner (1861-1921), a prolific Vienna-based architect who specialized in Jewish houses of worship. Located in the center of town, the red-brick neo-Romanesque building has a twin-towered façade that faces the street. The three-nave sanctuary has a women’s gallery supported by cast-iron columns.

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  • Trenčín synagogue

    Trenčín, Synagogue

    The synagogue, inaugurated in 1913, was designed by the Berlin-based architect Richard Scheibner. A mix of Byzantine and Art Nouveau styles and modern concrete dome construction, it represents a trend towards minimizing exterior decoration while preserving monumental classical forms. The sanctuary is a large hall, which has for many years been used as an art gallery.

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  • Šurany, Synagogue

    Šurany’s synagogue was built in 1916 in an architectural style that employs an eclectic combination of Gothic, Art Nouveau and Moorish elements – a mix that is vividly displayed on the decorative façade. After World War II the building was used as a school. It now houses the Šurany Municipal Museum and has been open to the public since 2005. The museum has its permanent exhibition in the women’s gallery.

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  • Šamorín synagogue

    Šamorín, Synagogue

    Šamorín’s former synagogue stands at the heart of a traditional architectural setting that also comprises a former Jewish school and other Jewish communal buildings. The synagogue, a rather small building with a simple façade, was spared twice from destruction. The German army, which used the building as an ammunition dump, wanted to blow it up as it retreated from the town in 1945 – but did not do so.

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  • Šahy, Synagogue

    This synagogue, which served the Status Quo Ante community, was built in 1852 on a small square in the town center. Its flat, white-plastered west façade has three entrance gateways and a Hebrew Psalm inscribed high above, at the roofline. Long neglected, the building was used as a storage space for decades, and all of the original furnishings and interior decoration were lost. In the 1990s, the building was acquired by a Šahy-born psychologist, Dr. Péter Hunčík, and fully restored as a contemporary arts center run by a local foundation.

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  • Stupava, Synagogue

    The synagogue was built in 1803 and represents a unique example of the nine-bay type. Located in the center of the town, close to the Pálffy family chateau, it stands on a deep lot near a creek. Its exterior is rectangular, with massive walls pierced by simple Baroque windows and topped by a saddleback roof. An interesting detail of the façade are the oval ventilation openings in the gable, a typical feature of local architecture in the Záhorie Region.
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  • Spišské Podhradie, Synagogue

    The synagogue, built in around 1875 and restored after a fire in 1905-1906, is a typical example of nineteenth-century provincial synagogue architecture. Its eastern façade is oriented to the street and accentuated by four polygonal pillars topped by massive stone balls. The interior, whose splendid decorations have been relatively well preserved, includes a women’s gallery supported by cast iron columns. The original ark is still in place.

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  • Spišská Nová Ves, Cemetery

    The Jewish cemetery is located on the eastern outskirts of the town, near the railroad line. The oldest grave dates from 1880; the last burial took place in 1955. Towards the end of World War II, the German army rebuilt the cemetery chapel into a pillbox fortification, which still exists today.

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