Cultural Directory of Slovakia - Synagogue

Constructed in 1898 by the building firm Kollacsek and Wirth, Prešov Synagogue is a three-storey building without towers. The building is still in use today as a house of prayer. The relatively austere neo-Roman-Moorish façades cover a treasure of synagogue architecture. The richly-decorated interiors with their fully-preserved inventory are among the most attractive Jewish memorials in Slovakia. The women’s gallery houses the Barkány Collection of Judaica, an exhibition of the Museum of Jewish Culture SNM.
Trnava Synagogue was built in 1891 according to the plans of Viennese architect Jakub Gartner. The building, with its striking two-tower façade, has been partially reconstructed and now accommodates an exhibition of the Museum of Jewish Culture (installed in the women’s gallery) and a contemporary art space used by Synagogue - Center of Contemporary Art, Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava. In front of the Synagogue is a memorial to victims of the Holocaust, built after World War II according to a design by architect Artur Szalatnai-Slatinský.
In the past, two separate Jewish communities operated in Žilina. Today the Jewish religious community uses the Orthodox house of prayer, which also incorporates one of the exhibitions of the Museum of Jewish Culture SNM. Though no longer used for religious purposes, the former neological synagogue is one of the most significant examples of modern synagogue architecture in Europe. This remarkable functionalist building was built in 1929-31 according to the designs of important German architect Peter Behrens.