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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

World tour guides to Neue Synagoge

World Tour Places: The Neue Synagoge or New Synagogue was built 1859–1866 as the main synagogue of the Berlin Jewish community, on Oranienburger Strabe. Because of its splendid eastern Moorish style and resemblance to the Alhambra, it is an important architectural monument of the second half of the 19th century in Berlin. The building was designed by Eduard Knoblauch. Following Knoblauch's succumbing to illness, Friedrich August Stuler took responsibility for the majority of its construction as well as for its interior arrangement and design.

It was inaugurated in the presence of Count Otto von Bismarck, then Minister President of Prussia, in 1866. It was badly damaged prior to and during World War II and subsequently much was demolished; the present building on the site is a reconstruction of the ruined street frontage with its entrance, dome and towers, and only a few rooms behind. It is truncated before the point where the main hall of the synagogue began. The front of the building, facing Oranienburger Strabe, is richly ornamented with shaped bricks and terracotta, accented by colored glazed bricks. Beyond the entrance, the building's alignment changes to mesh with pre-existing structures.

The synagogue's main dome with its gilded ribs is an eye-catching sight. The central dome is flanked by two smaller pavilion-like domes on the two side-wings. Beyond the facade were the front hall and the main hall with 3,000 seats. Due to the unfavorable alignment of the property, the building's design required adjustment along a slightly turned axis. The Neue Synagoge is also a monument of early iron construction. The new building material (iron was previously not used in building construction) was visible in its use for the outside columns, as well as in the dome's construction.

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