The third oldest synagogue in Kraków, the High Synagogue was completed in 1563, and is unique for having its prayer room upstairs; it’s widely theorised that this was a safety precaution to protect the congregation from unfriendly neighbours. The design didn’t save it from being the subject of arson during WWII sadly, and today no furnishings remain. The upstairs prayer room has retained some original details, however, including the Holy Ark, two golden griffins have survived above the Aron Kodesh, and some of the murals have been restored. The size of the high-ceilinged room and quality of those details that do remain indicate that this was a magnificent space before its destruction. Today the prayer room hosts a small exhibit of photos of Cracovian Jewish families from the inter-war period. On the ground floor is a large bookstore with books of Jewish interest in a variety of languages.
Admission to upstairs exhibit 12/9zł, children under 10 free.
ul. Józefa 38 (High Synagogue)