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Jewish monuments in Czechia were open to the public

Some 50 Jewish monuments around the country will open to the public free of charge on Sunday as part of this year’s  Day of Jewish Monuments. Visitors will be able to see synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other buildings, some of which are normally not accessible.

One of the biggest highlights this year is a newly reconstructed synagogue in the village of Police in South Moravia or the Jerusalem Synagogue in Prague, built in the late 1860s in the Moorish style with Art Nouveau elements.

Some 200 synagogues and 370 Jewish cemeteries have been preserved to this day in the Czech Republic. Around 70 synagogues were destroyed in the country during the Second World War and another 105 were demolished under the post-war Communist regime.

Ruth Fraňková