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Synagogue

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The present Prijeko street in Dubrovnik was built on the site of the stream that flowed through Dubrovnik. To this street up the hill stretches a lot of cosy streets with nice little houses, half hidden behind the flowers. One of these streets is called Zudioska, which translated from Croatian means "Jewish." It is located on the ancient synagogue, which was built a little later, Europe's oldest Prague synagogue.

Split and Dubrovnik city on the Adriatic coast, home to the two largest Jewish communities in Croatia. "Pearl of the Adriatic" Dubrovnik, which used to be called Ragusa, located on the shore of a natural harbour on the southern coast of Dalmatia. In the Middle ages the city surrounded by high walls flourished as a trading port. Local merchants traded mainly with the cities on the Eastern coast of Italy and in the Aegean sea. In these settlements had a thriving Jewish community. Jewish merchants were allowed to visit Dubrovnik in 1352, though locals have been tuned in relation to the Jews negatively. During the town carnival the Jews were the protagonists. Some of the guilty before the law, the poor man dressed as a Jew and was carried through the streets of the city to eventually execute in the area (or you can create a mock execution).

The synagogue, built in 1408, still stands in the centre of the former Jewish quarter, despite the damages it sustained during the war between Serbia and Croatia in 1991. The interior of the synagogue dates back to the XIX century. Here you can see the massive chandeliers, ceiling, painted with stars of David.

Although the synagogue remains in effect, it is a small Museum, whose exposition is devoted to the history of the local Jewish community.