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Old Synagogue, Erfurt

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Explore Old Synagogue--thought to be the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe, built about 1100--which now serves as a museum. Learn about the Jewish communities of Erfurt over the centuries and the history of the synagogue via artifacts and informational displays. A highlight of the collection is the Erfurt treasure, a hoard of coins, goldsmiths' work, and jewelry that belonged to Jews who hid them during the 1349 pogrom. An audio guide is available. Old Synagogue is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • Equipped with Audio guides, we toured this museum for the better part of two hours. It offers a sobering history lesson about the lives and fate of the Jews of Erfurt over almost a millennium, a... 
    Equipped with Audio guides, we toured this museum for the better part of two hours. It offers a sobering history lesson about the lives and fate of the Jews of Erfurt over almost a millennium, a...  more »
  • There is not much to see inside. Mainly some replicas of old Tora's and texts. Then there is a treasure in the basement. Which is nice and has one outstanding item: a truly exquisite 14th century... 
    There is not much to see inside. Mainly some replicas of old Tora's and texts. Then there is a treasure in the basement. Which is nice and has one outstanding item: a truly exquisite 14th century...  more »
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  • Was not able to find the entrance to the museum fast enough. Arrived just a few minutes before closing time. There was a restaurant open in the vicinity of the Synagogue. A special looking restaurant with bamboos used for decorating or its construction.
  • Very interesting place with quite detailed view of (quite short-lived) history of Jewish community in Erfurt. I really appreciated matter-of-fact explanation of their lives and why they were expelled. Treasure discovered during excavations is real treat. Frankly, I don't get why you can't take photos inside. It's silly rule. I won't be challenging your merchandise, I want to have some memories of your good museum... One star less for this.

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