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  Spectacular golden detail of Neue Synagoge.
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  • Spectacular golden detail of Neue Synagoge. - Berlin
      Spectacular golden detail of Neue Synagoge.
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  • The synagogue, as it appears on Oranienburger Str. - Berlin
      The synagogue, as it appears on Oranienburger Str.
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I had not planned to have a look at the New Synagogue ? but then I was too busy checking the foods at Hackescher Markt, got a wrong turn and walked along Oranienburger Straße which is a great spot for shopping, a coffee, dining, nightlife and arts? ;-) And soon I spotted those fairytale-like gold-rimmed orthodox church towers I had admired so much in St. Petersburg and Helsinki, and so I kept on walking because I could not miss such a beauty. And that is how I got to Neue Synagoge.

And ?new? really means new. The façade and golden domes were reconstructed from 1988 to 1995 after the church had been destroyed nearly completely by a World War II bomb in 1943. It is used as a place for prayer, museum and exhibition centre. A steep staircase leads up to the dome, the site of the original church has become a gravel-covered open-air memorial square.

The original synagogue on site was built by Eduard Knoblauch (German for Garlic) from 1859 to 1866. At the time it was the largest one in the world, and absolutely innovative for the use of iron in the roof and the galleries inside. Apart from this it was huge, offering space for 3,200 worshippers.

Miraculously, the synagogue survived the Reichskristallnacht (Reich?s Crystal Night) on 9 November 1938 in which Jewish churches and other property were burnt down by the Nazis, thanks to a policeman chasing the rioters away. But World War II ended its life.

Next door is the Centrum Judaicum which hosts a museum, archive and library of the Jews in Berlin. Beside that is an exhibition of the Jewish activist and philosopher Moses Mendelssohn.

If you go there, be prepared to undergo a strict security check.

Neue Synagoge is just a short detour if you walk from Hackescher Markt to Bode-Museum, the northern end of Museumsinsel (Museum Island).

Address: Oranienburger Straße 28 ? 30
Directions: S-Bahn 5, 9 and 75, station Oranienburger Straße.
Or walk up from Hackescher Markt.

Open Apr ? Sep: Sun/Mo 10am ? 8pm, Tue ? Thu 10am ? 6pm, Fri 10am ? 5pm; Oct ? Mar: Sun ? Thu 10am ? 6pm, Fri 10am ? 2pm.

Entry fee 3 Euro, dome 1.50 Euro (as 2007)

Phone: 030 88028300
Website: http://www.centrumjudaicum.de/en

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 2, 2007
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