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The Great Synagogue, built in 1863, is located in Akhaltsikhe. This Georgian rite synagogue was extensively renovated in 2012 and now features a beautiful interior of painted wood. After the said renovation approximately 400 Jews used to go there to pray. Every patronymic had their place for praying. This building is built in neo-classical style and is made of stone. Today the building is used as a synagogue, which is part of the Jewish quarter and has national importance. It also has a status of Cultural monument given by the “Ministry of Culture and Sports of Georgia”. Partly used as a museum where the portraits of the generations of Rabbis who have officiated, it is open in summer for tourists, mainly Israeli, who come to visit the region.
The Akhaltsikhe Synagogue of the Georgian Jews, built in 1902, is located on Guramishvili Street. It consists of two large halls - the upper hall which has a women's gallery and is sumptuously decorated with geometrical motifs. The spacious lower hall is used by men for daily prayer services and has no section for women. This building is built in neo-classical style and is made of stone. The shrine isn’t active now; it was closed in 1952, by the government of the Soviet Union. After the death of Stalin Jews asked for a permit to get the synagogue back but they could manage to return only the one built in 1986. The one built in 1902 went through many re-decorations; it was used as a movie theatre, a library, a house of culture, a billiard room and a boxing hall.
The Jewish Graveyard in Atskuri is preserved and located on the banks of the Mtkvari. The cemetery was fenced in 1957 by Jews from Akhaltsikhe. The cemetery is no longer active, but it is maintained by local Georgian Jew. Jews rarely come from Israel to visit the graves of their ancestors.
Discover the fascinating 2,000+ year history of Georgia’s Jewish community as you visit several major Jewish settlements and their beautiful synagogues on this 9-day Jewish tour of Georgia. Learn about the origins and history of Jews in the country, how Jewish people have practiced their faith and culture here over many years, and how the community endured during the years of Soviet repression. Get to know Georgia’s small, but vibrant, community of Jews today – meet the locals and find out about their lifestyle and institutions, taste traditional Georgian-Jewish dishes, and hear the unique Judeo-Georgian language. In addition, explore some of Georgia’s other historical and tourism highlights.
Stop by this restaurant near Rabati Castle with a splendid menu of Georgian cuisine provides authentic dishes at Restaurant Mimino.
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