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The synagogue in Burgas will be renovated

Submitted on Monday, 2 February 2009One Comment
The synagogue in Burgas will be renovated

An initiative committee will take care of the renovation of the synagogue in Burgas, announced the chief executive of the tourism department of the city Diana Kolcheva on a press conference.

Penka Sedlarska – director of the gallery of Burgas, Dunka Gerganova (architect), eng. Ivan Ivanov and the chairman of the jewish religious community in Burgas Sabetai Varsanov are also in the Initiative committee.

The committee is under the official patronage of the mayor Burgas Dimitar Nikolov and the director of the National history museum Bojidar Dimitrov. The building is a monument of culture and celebrates it’s 100th anniversary this year.

“The synagogue of Burgas is the work of the Austrian architect Fridrich Grunanger, who also worked on the synagogue is Sofia”, said the architect Dunka Gerganova.

For a long time, the synagogue was thought to be the work of the architect Toskani, who worked on many of the buildings of Burgas at the time. This particular building was finished in 1909.

For 43 years, the synagogue has been the symbol of the treasury of Burgas, because it holds the entire artistic treasury of the city. Paintings of Maistora (the Master), of Nikola Mihailov, of Tsanko Lavrenov, of Petko Zadgorski and hundreds other artists of Bulgaria, added arch. Gerganova. For all these years, there hasn’t been a single serious renovation of the building.

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One Comment »

  • Rick Asensio said:

    It is great news that the synagogue of Burgas will be restored for the Jewish community and will once again be a prominant house of prayer for the city.
    Let us hope that this will be one instance in the continued growth of a vibrant and developing tradional Jewish community in Bulgaria.

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