The Old Synagogue
The Old Synagogue, which was built in 1913 to the plans of architect Edmund Körner, is now Essen City Hall’s Cultural Institute. The ornamental cupola with its green copper roof remains to this day one of Europe’s largest, most imposing and architecturally significant synagogues. In the Kristallnacht pogrom on the night of 9 November 1938 the place of worship was set on fire. However, fortunately only the interior was burned out, and the foundation walls remained intact, so the synagogue was able to be rebuilt after the war. Since then it has served as a cultural monument, staging exhibitions on German-Jewish history and getting visitors acquainted with Jewish culture.
45127 Essen, Germania