Roonstrasse Synagogue, Cologne

Roonstrasse Synagogue, Cologne

During the Roman times, it was in Cologne that many Jews settled down. This is the reason why the city has a rich Jewish history. There were a total of six synagogues built in Cologne. All of them were destroyed during World War II. In 1959, only the Roonstrasse Synagogue was reconstructed. Roonstrasse Synagogue, located in Cologne, Germany, is one of the five pre-Nazi synagogues of the locality, which was destroyed on November 9, 1938 during nation-wide attacks on Jewish-owned property when Germany was under Nazi rule. It is currently a center of Jewish community of Cologne, and consists of a community center, a small display of items associated with Cologne Jewry, and a kosher restaurant. Although the construction is relatively new, Roonstrasse Synagogue is striking in appearance with a stunningly decorative interior. The huge blue dome beckons visitors to enjoy the tastefully decorated beautiful and artistic ambiance.

Behind the beauty and grandeur, you will be reminded of the terrible holocaust that destroyed the remaining five synagogues along with thousands of Jewish inhabitants. Tourists from around the world come to this synagogue on their visit to Cologne to view the exhibits that tell them a comprehensive history of the city’s Jewish community. Do not miss out the Torah which was saved by a Catholic priest from a synagogue set on fire. Roonstrasse Synagogue is a perfect setting from where you can appreciate Cologne’s deep and rich history and learn about the rise, fall and survival of the Jewish community here. On August 19, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI visited Roonstrasse Synagogue. This visit was the second ever visit to any synagogue by any one of the Popes. There, he condemned Nazism and antisemitism.
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Sight Name: Roonstrasse Synagogue
Sight Location: Cologne, Germany
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Architectural Landmarks in Cologne  

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