Lesko Synagogue

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Lesko Synagogue
Synagoga lesko.jpg
General information
Architectural style Jewish Mannerism[1]-early Baroque
Town or city Lesko
Country Poland
Construction started 1626
Completed 1654

Lesko Synagogue is a synagogue in Lesko, Poland. The synagogue had functioned as a place of worship until World War II.


The synagogue was built during the years 1626-1654 by the Sephardic Jewish community of Lesko.[2] During the Second World War the interior was devastated by the Germans.[2] For almost two decades after the war, it was neglected. It was renovated in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.[2] Since 1995, it has housed the Museum of Galician Jews.[2]

The building was constructed in the mannerist-early baroque style with characteristic gables decorated with volutes and stone baroque vases.[3] Some of the elements are gothic - buttresses, tower. The facade bears a Hebrew inscription that reads: He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven." (Genesis 28:17)[4] The interior was adorned in mannerist style with niches, cornices and architraves.[2]

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  1. ^ Andrzej Trzciński (2001). "1-2(7-8)". Zachowane wystroje malarskie bożnic w Polsce (in Polish). Studia Judaica 4. pp. 67–95. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Synagoga w Lesku". www.sztetl.org.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Kościoły, cerkwie, synagogi". www.poland.gov.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Synagoga". www.pascal.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2009-12-28. 

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Coordinates: 49°28′14″N 22°19′52″E / 49.4705155°N 22.3309994°E / 49.4705155; 22.3309994