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The Beth-Shalom Synagogue in Athens

Churches in Athens

(House of Peace)

The Jewish Synagogue

The Jewish Synagogue on 5, Melidoni street, opposite the Museum of Traditional Pottery, is called “Beth-Shalom” which is Hebrew for “House of Peace”. The Jewish community of Athens decided to acquire this plot of land and build a new Synagogue as the older one on 8, Melidoni street, founded in the early 20the century, was not sufficient to cover the needs of the community that expanded with the arrival of Jewish refugees from Asia Minor.

The neoclassical building is made of marble from Penteli. It was completed soon before the Second World War when in Greece, as in other parts of Europe, a lot of Jews were brutally exterminated by the Nazis. The Synagogue’s interior decoration was completed in 1975.

Today, mostly the recent Synagogue is in use and the older one only operates on big celebrations attended mainly by the older members of the Jewish community who are sentimentally attached to the building.

Locaton map 5, Melidoni street
Nearest metro station Thissio
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