(JHE) — The former synagogue in the town of Sisak was among the many buildings and historic sites in several towns that suffered serious damage in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck central Croatia on Tuesday.
At least seven people died in the quake, which struck around lunchtime on Tuesday and was followed by strong aftershocks Wednesday morning. The epicenter was in Petrinja, about 15 km to the southwest of Sisak.
The City of Sisak posted pictures of the synagogue — now the Fran Lhotka Music School — on its Facebook page, showing that parts of the roof and upper facade had crumbled. Pictures show parked cars in front of the building crushed by piles of fallen rubble.
Believed to have been designed, in neo-Romanesque style, by the architect Franjo Klein, the synagogue was built around 1870-1880.
It was used for worship until the Holocaust. A memorial plaque to the destroyed community was installed on the facade in 1999.
The synagogue was one of many more than century-old buildings in the Sisak town center, including other historic and cultural sites, to suffer serious damage in the earthquake.
Other damaged sites in Sisak included schools, a tower in Sisak’s Old Town, the railway station on the Old Masonry Bridge, and the Sisak Cathedral.