Abandoned Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Constanta

Abandoned Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Constanta

The Great Synagogue of Constanta (also known as Ashkenazic Great Synagogue, Sinagoga Mare din Constanta, The Grand Synagogue Constanta and Constanta Great Synagogue) is on Strada Constantin A. Rosetti 2, in the oldest populated city of Constanta in the country of Romania.

Abandoned Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Constanta
Detail on the columns remain, the Star of David still seen.

The Sinagoga Mare din Constanta was built between 1911 and 1914. It was designed in a Moorish style by Architect Adolf Linz.

A small Jewish community still used the synagogue in 1995 and 1996 to hold services and the Great Synagogue was reported to be in decent shape.

Abandoned Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Constanta
Nature is flourishing inside the decaying structure.

Unfortunately the synagogue now has trees growing inside, the roof is collapsing at spots and it is stated that one of the walls has begun to collapse. The ceiling lies practically on the floor. Rubble and decay everywhere.

There is a fracture running through out most of the walls, the windows have been smashed or broken and anything of value that was left inside was stolen, broken or destroyed.

Abandoned Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Constanta
Broken windows but facade etchings still legible.

To protect the site, since many have forgotten about it, local neighbors have gone to locking the gate as well as putting dogs in the yard of the synagogue to prevent any more vandals or squatters to harm the already endangered building.

Efforts went under way some years ago to restore the only synagogue left in Constanta and everything was going smoothly until funding came into the picture. With the lack of financial aid and without a Rabbi to lead the efforts, this historical site may never be repaired.

Abandoned Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Constanta
Established in Transsylvania in 1868.

Where is the ruined Great Synagogue of Constanta located? You can find it with these coordinates. 44.17459,28.656594

Abandoned Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Constanta
Aerial view of the synagogue ruins in Constanta.

All images were used with permission from http://www.info-sud-est.ro/.

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