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Sadhora: Ruin of Hasidic synagogue
As we stayed 4 days in Chernivtsi, we also went on a half-day sidetrip to the historic district Sadhora.
In the 19th and early 20th century it was the Jewish centre of the Bukovina and an important place of Jewish Chassidism.
In the middle of the 18th century a mint was established here as well. Beside an old Jewish cemetery, a Christian cemetery, a Lenin statue and some churches, we also had a look at the ruin of an Hasidic synagogue.
The red-brick building was a bit difficult to find, although it is located at on of the main steets (vul. Morisa Toresa) just about 500 m south of the centre. We asked a few people about it and they directly drove us there.
Also the ruins of the Court of Sadhora, which was established by the Rabbi Yisroel Friedman in the late 19th century and destroyed by the Russian Army in 1914 is situated in Sadhora. Unfortunately, we didn't find it.
Sadhora is situated on the left bank of the river Prut, about 6 km north of Chernivtsi's city centre. The best way to get there is a by marshrutka (minibus). For example numbers 1, 15, 16, 33 and many more serve the route from Chernivtsi to Sadhora.
Christian Cemetery: Tombstones
Another very interesting cemetery is the Christian Cemetery, which is even larger than the Jewish Cemetery.
Besides Ukrainian and Russian tombstones, there are also many Polish and German inscriptions.
The grave of the famous Ukrainian writer Olga Kobylianska is said to be located here as well, but we didn't find it.
The Chistian Cemetery is also situated east of the city centre in the Zelena street, just opposite to the Jewish Cemetery.
Jewish Cemetery: Ceremony Hall
The Jewish Cemetery of Chernivtsi is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
Most of the place is more or less overgrown by vegetation, but it looks like some people look after it.
The tombstones date back to the 18th century and many have German, Hebrew, Ukrainian or Russian inscriptions.
At the entrance stands a Ceremony Hall, which was built in 1905.
It is very much in decay and has probably been victim of vandalism in the last years.
Although it was locked by chains, we took the chance to get in. Inside a huge dedication tablet in German language as well as many tiles remain in good condition.
Chernivtsi's Jewish Cemetery is located about 20 minutes on foot east of the city centre. Follow Ruska street and turn left after the railway line into Zelena street. The cemetery is located on top of the street, just opposite to the Christian Cemetery.
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