Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sarajevo Jewish synagogue a piece of interesting history from Bosnia

This is the old Jewish Synagogue in Sarajevo. It is no longer used as a synagogue, because of WWII and the Bosnian war the Jewish population is down to about 2,000 people. There were about 10,000 before WWII and about 5,000 before the Bosnian war.
The Story of how the Jewish people settled Bosnia is a very interesting story, one that I will tell at a future date.
Since I took this picture the building has been remodeled and looks quite fantastic once again.
Bosnia is called the Jerusalem of Europe because besides Jerusalem, it's the only other place on earth you can find a Synagogue, Mosque, Catholic church and a Orthodox church all within a two block radius. That which makes Bosnia and Sarajevo so interesting also has led to a lot of pain in its history as well. Being at the crossroads between civilizations and the fault lines between empires has made Sarajevo and Bosnia what it is today, one of the most interesting places on Earth.

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