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Sofia Synagogue

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Phones
+3592983 50 85      
Address
Sofia, 16 Ekzarh Josiv St.
Location
42.700261,23.320852
Description
The main synagogue is the single Jewish temple in Sofia. At the moment it is under repairs and the main hall is closed. The services take place in the small prayer room by the entrance. Here are the offices of the main holy council of Israel and a small museum on the second floor.
Historical Information
Constructed for the needs of the Bulgarian capital Sofia's mainly Sephardic Jewish community after a project by the Austrian architect Friedrich Grünanger, it resembles the old Moorish Leopoldstädter Tempel in Vienna and was officially opened on 9 September 1909 in the presence of Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria. The first preparations for the synagogue's construction date to 1903, while the construction itself had begun on 13 November 1905. The construction of a grand new synagogue was part of the reorganization efforts of the Bulgarian Jewish community under Lemberg-born Chief Rabbi Marcus Ehrenpreis and local leaders Ezra Tadjer and Avram Davidjon Levy. Prior to the construction of the new synagogue, the lot in central Sofia had been occupied by an older synagogue.

Sofia, 16 Ekzarh Josiv St.

+3592983 50 85      

Temples

The Sofia Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Southeastern Europe.