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Jewish Heritage Tour in Slovakia and Poland

Jewish Heritage Tour in Slovakia and Poland, Slovakia Travel, Location This tour is suitable for everyone who is interested in rich Jewish history in Slovakia and Poland with many valuable monuments like a synagogues, cemeteries and museums.

In 6 days one can see the most interesting places of Jewish Heritage in Bratislava (the Capital of the Slovak Republic, also referred to as the beauty on the river Danube), Malacky (situated in the center of the southern part of the Záhorská Plain), Stupava, Nitra (the oldest town of Slovakia), Trnava (The oldest free royal borough Trnava was the Church "capital" of the Kingdom of Hungary for several centuries in the past), Sered, Nove Zamky and Komarno in West Slovakia.

Travelling through Zvolen in central Slovakia clients will see also some beautiful sceneries from the typical Horehornie region leading to the Spish and Saris region in the east part of Slovakia.

Tour is ending with visiting the most important place of Jewish history – Auschwitz and spendin last night in Krakow (historical royal town of Poland).

Highlights of the trip:

Chatam Sofer Memorial Chatam Sofer Memorial - Rabbi Moshe Schrieber - Strictly Orthodox rabbi who established a yeshiva (an institute for the study of the Talmud and other Jewish texts) in Bratislava in 1806. The present unique underground memorial conforms to the demanding requirements of Halakhah (Jewish law) while also being a striking piece of modern architecture.

Komarno-Menhaz Komarno-Menhaz - Religious and cultural complex - Today still the center of Jewish religious and cultural life in Komarno. Menhaz is complex built in 1896, that comprises the former Jewish old age buildings and synagogue. It is a single-story, L-shaped neo-Gothic complex with unplastered brick facades. The synagogue at the northern rear side of the Menhaz has a charming Gothic interior with its original furniture and highly decorative cast-iron tie bars. A Holocaust monument with a memorial book of victims from Komarno stands at the northern wall. Visitors should not miss visiting the small exhibition of Komarno Jewish history located in the Jewish community office.

Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau - UNESCO World Heritage - The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum is a memorial and museum in Oswiecim (Poland), which includes the German concentration camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. It is devoted to the memory of the murders in both camps during World War II. The area covers 191 hectares, twenty of them in camp Auschwitz I and 171 in camp Auschwitz II.

Museum of Jewish Culture Museum of Jewish Culture - presents Jewish material and spiritual culture - Exhibition is permanently located in the Zsigray Mansion in Bratislava. Collections and exhibitions present objects of everyday life, documents and objects of visual art and documentation of Holocaust in Slovakia.

Synagogue in Nove Zamky Orthodox Synagogue in Nove Zamky - The Orthodox synagogue survived the World War II intact and is still used as a Jewish house of worship. Located on the site of the historic town fortifications, the synagogue forms part of a Jewish communal compound. The original interior has been preserved, with the bimah placed strictly in the center and the women's gallery supported by cast-iron columns along three sides of the sanctuary.

Synagogue in Presov Orthodox Synagogue in Presov - The synagogue is a part of Jewish communal institutions in Presov. The richly decorated interiors with fully preserved inventory are considered the most attractive Jewish monuments in Slovakia. The building is still used as a prayer room.

Sered Holocaust Museum Sered Holocaust Museum - Former labour and concentration camp - Represents an authentic location that is linked to the tragic era of the "solution of the Jewish question" in Slovakia during World War II. The museum exhibits period documents, photographs, and items related to the persecution of Jews in Slovakia. The museum also serves as a memorial to murdered Slovak Jews.

Spisky Castle Spis castle UNESCO World Heritage - partly restored medieval castle - The Spis Castle in eastern Slovakia is one of the largest castles in Central Europe. Slovak National Museum presents various collections in its premises.

Synagogue in Trnava Status Quo Synagogue in Trnava - Center of Contemporary Art - The synagogue was in 1897 for the Status Quo Jewish community and designed by architect Jakob Gartner who specialized in synagogues. Today the building is used as the Center for Contemporary Art of Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava. It also houses a Judaica exhibition in the women’s gallery. A Holocaust memorial designed by the architect Artur Szalatnai-Slatinsky stands in front of the entrance.