Hurva (Ruined) Synagogue


This seems like an odd name for a synagogue, especially one so beautiful and large in the center of the Jewish Quarter.   It was established in the early 18th century and then destroyed by Muslims in 1721.  It lay in ruins for 140 years so it became known as the “hurry”, the ruin.  It was rebuilt in  1864 only to be blown up by the Arab Legion when they took the Old City in 1948 during the War of Independence.  In 1977 a commemorative arch was erected that is the exact size of one of the large arches you see on each side of the building and then a newly built synagogue modeling the original one was dedicated in 2010.

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