dinsdag 15 april 2014

Portugese Synagogue

The Portugese Synagogue in Amsterdam has a smaller so callled "Winter synagogue". Because the big building is not heated it is freezing cold in winter. So this smaller one was more comfortable in winter.

The (Portugese) names of the members can be seen on the walls.

This is the Synagogue from the outside.The colossal building dates from 1672 and dominated from the beginning the environment, and still does.It was when it was finished the largest synagogue in the world. It is the only synagogue with Prague that so long fulfills its original function.

It is extremely rare that the current interior largely dates from the construction period and remained including the brass candelabra and holders. The interior has never been adapted to modern times so it has no heating and no electric lights. Nearly 1000 candles are used to illuminate the interior.

10 opmerkingen:

  1. It's very impressive to know that this place did not change since so many years ..

  2. Moet wel heel erg koud zijn in de winter, brrr!

  3. wow. no light, even?! that must be quite annoying at times, and especially the no heat...
    but it looks very pretty....

  4. Such interesting history you are providing for us. Is there a large percentage of Portuguese in Amsterdam?

  5. That's an amazing history. Maybe the building has lasted this long because it has not been loaded down with all the modern infrastructure.

  6. I would love to see what it looks like at night with all those candles lit! What a beautiful place.

  7. Dearest Marianne,
    What a unique treasure in its original un-altered stage!
    Very environment friendly but not so user friendly but when one dresses real warm, it can be endured in winter time.
    Thanks for such valuable and most interesting information!

  8. Wat fijn om via je blog ook hier eens binnen te kunnen kijken. Prachtige foto's van de synagoge.

  9. Wow, what a wonderful and interesting posting!