Sarajevo Ashkenazi Synagogue


The Sarajevo Synagogue is Sarajevo’s primary and largest synagogue located on the south bank of the Miljacka river. It’s an Ashkenazi synagogue, designed by the famous architect, Karlo Parzik, and built in the year 1902. This was the first religious object to be built in Sarajevo in the Pseudo-Moorish style and today is the only functioning synagogue in Sarajevo.

It is believed that Paržik’s designs for this Sarajevo synagogue (which at that time, was the third largest temple in Europe) were based on the synagogue in Budapest. While the city’s other synagogue, a Sephardic synagogue, was mostly destroyed by the Nazis in 1941, the Ashkenazi synagogue escaped destruction. Prior to the Holocaust, the populations of Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews peacefully co-existed with their Christian and Muslim neighbors in Sarajevo and elsewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however, the Holocaust left fewer than 5,700 Jews in former Yugoslavia.

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