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Visit Central Moravia
Visit Central Moravia

Jewish Heritage

Follow the traces of the Jewish settlement in the Central Moravia and recall the difficult fate of the nation. Even though forced into ghettos between the 13th and 19th centuries, the Jews developed distinctive living culture which captures our imagination with its uniqueness and certain magic.

The oldest preserved synagogue in Moravia (second oldest in the Czech Republic) is in Lipník nad Bečvou where two Jewish cemeteries are located too. The synagogue in nearby town Hranice was built in Moorish-Byzantine style; today it serves as a concert and exhibition hall. Former Jewish synagogues and cemeteries are also in Přerov and Kojetín. A ceremonial hall decorated by Hebrew inscriptions is a part of the Tovačov Jewish cemetery, built by the architect Max Fleischer; it serves as a museum of Jewish burial ritual and the history of the Jewish community in Tovačov. Preserved synagogues and cemeteries prove prominent Jewish settlements in towns Úsov and Loštice. The pews in the Loštice synagogue serve as a symbolic memorial to the holocaust victims from Loštice, Mohelnice, Úsov, and Litovel.

Synagogue and cemetery

Synagogue and cemetery

Hranice

The uniqueness of the Hranice synagogue has to do with its position. Because of lack of space between neighbouring buildings, the builders did not orient it toward Jerusalem, but toward the east.

Synagogue and Jewish cemetery

Synagogue and Jewish cemetery

Kojetín

The Jewish community in Kojetín is witnessed today by its synagogue which is perhaps the oldest in the Czech Republic, dating to the 15th century.

Synagogue

Synagogue

Loštice

The synagogue was reconstructed in 1805 – 1806 in the Classicist style. The building was used not only for religious services, but also served, for example, as a reading room and classrooms.

Synagogue

Synagogue

Přerov

The synagogue in Přerov serves today as the Orthodox Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.


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