Sofia Synagogue.

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Visit Sofia Synagoge and other historic places.

Flag of Bulgaria  , Sofiya-Grad,
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jake was pulled off of facebook to write this, and is currently speaking in third person.

This har is an extremely late entry about the Sofia synagogue and whatever else I deem it necessary to riff about.

We encountered the Sofia Synagogue in the middle of a long, hot stroll through the city of Sofia. A wall surrounds the building, and along the sidewalk there are plaques and signs telling you what the synagogue is in various languages.  A nice man with good english let us into the compound when we told him that we were A) genuinely interested in seeing the temple and B) willing to pay the 2? Leva Bulgarski entry fee. We got some pretty rad pamphlets and such, and he told us that the chandelier was the heaviest chandelier in the country, weighing over 2000 kilos. It was a Big chandelier. There were some old Jewish guys inside, arguing in hebrew about Torah and Talmud. They didn't seem to notice us.  Old Jewish men are the same the world around, yeah?

Once you're inside the Synagogue you have pretty free reign to explore. For example, I climbed a sketchy wooden latter from the third floor to the fourth floor attic, but there was just a lot of dust and paint cans up there, so I got down. But no one yelled at me. Similarly, the Iron gate to the crypts or basement or labyrinth below the temple was unlocked and open and we were free to explore down there, but I'm still a pretty low level so I didn't want to risk it. I also didn't have my adventuring gear with me.

I digress. The synagogue itself was really neat, created in about 1905 by an Austrian architect and funded by the Jewish Community of Sofia. Most surfaces were ornamented or painted. A picture's worth a thousand words, though. I don't really feel like talking about the worship hall for a thousand words, so let's hope dad finds the pictures of it.

All in all, the Synagogue was well worth seeing, though not quite as large as the big church in town. I give it 4 and a half stars.

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Ellie on

You are hilarious Jake! Thanks for departing from facebook to share such enjoyable descriptive commentary.

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