The Jews were dealers, craftsmen, pub owners, doctors, and founders of savings banks, owners of industrial plants, lawyers and influential people, as well as leading figures in the town. They were the driving force behind the development of the “Golden Age” in Lendava.
In 1866, when Mojzes Schacherlesz was ordained as the town's rabbi, they began building a synagogue that still stands to this day, and is, along with the synagogue in Maribor, unique throughout all Slovenia. It is a simple but wonderful single-story monolithic building on an almost-square base that is covered by a four-eaved roof, and a facade that is divided only by pilasters and a concave cornice beneath the roof.
There were 80 seats for men in the synagogue and 60 seats for women in the gallery. Today the insides are crafted with six gold-plated gouged iron pillars with a Corinthian capitalthat supports the gallery.
Only the clock remains of the original fittings. As a sacred building, the synagogue has been in service up until 1944 when religious rituals were abandoned after the Jews were deported.
After decades of degradation the synagogue was restored and serves today as an exhibition and event space. It also houses a permanent memorial exhibition for the Jews of Lendava.
Institute for Culture and Promotion, Lendava
Trg Györgya Zale 1, 9220 Lendava, Slovenia
++386 2 577 60 20
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Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 14:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 12:00
Sunday, Holidays: closed
Entrance fee: according to the price list