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The Great Synagogue in Pilsen is the second largest in Europe and the third in the world. The synagogue is designed to receive more than two thousand parishioners at the same time.
The construction of the synagogue was carried out in 1892. The site for the construction was chosen on the border of the Old City, near the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew. The building was designed by the Viennese architect Fleischer. The synagogue was created in the Roman-Moorish style with the addition of Gothic elements. The building has two towers, reaching a height of 45 meters, and a granite abutment.
At the time of construction, the Jewish community of Pilsen numbered more than two thousand people. During the Second World War, part of the Jews emigrated, and the other part was destroyed. At the moment, about 80 Jews live in the city.
Regular services were held in the synagogue until the 70s of the XX century. In the 90s, after reconstruction, services were only held in one of the premises.
Today, concerts are often held in the main hall of the Great Synagogue.
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