Karaite Kenesa (Kiev)

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Karaite Kenesa, Kiev
Караимская кенасса в Киеве.jpg
Basic information
Location Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine
Affiliation Karaite
Architectural description
Architect(s) Vladislav Gorodetsky
Completed 1902

The Karaite Kenesa of Kiev is a former Kenesa (Karaite synagogue) in Kiev, Ukraine.


The synagogue, designed by Vladislav Gorodetsky with decorations by Emilio Sala, was built from 1898 to 1902 in the Moorish style. The building was defiled during the World War II by Nazis. Probably at this time it lost the dome which was part of the original structure (see picture, right).

During the Soviet times a contemporary wing was added to the building and it was converted into the Ukrainian House of Actors, remaining as such today. Unlike most of the other synagogues in Ukraine it was not given back to the Karaite community after independence.[1]



  1. ^ [1], Karaim Kenesa - Ukrainian House of Actor

Coordinates: 50°27′00″N 30°30′40″E / 50.45000°N 30.51111°E / 50.45000; 30.51111