Sibiu (Hermannstadt in German) was the capital of the “siebenburgen,” the seven fortress towns in Transylvania settled by ethnic German Saxons in the 12th century. The Great Synagogue was designed by the architect Ferenc Szalay and built in 1899; it is listed as a historical monument. The synagogue has a red-brick and concrete facade, topped by the tablets with The Ten Commandments. The sanctuary, divided into three sections surrounded on three sides by arcaded women’s galleries, is richly decorated, with Moorish-style arches, a coffered ceiling, and intricate carving and inlay. The bimah stands in front of the stately Aron ha Kodesh, or Ark, situated in a recess in the blue-painted eastern wall. You can see a panoramic view of the synagogue on the Synagogues360 web site.
Our photo gallery includes images from summer 2014 by Yoraan Rafael.
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