The aim of Hartmanice Memorial was to complete the reconstruction of the synagogue in its original appearance. This was not an easy task. The building was totally dilapidated and its original documentation almost nonexistent. The oldest document available, and the only guidance for reconstruction, was a post WWII photograph of the synagogue.

When purchased, the synagogue was on the verge of collapse. Rain and snow fell through gaping holes in the roof and the walls were badly damaged. Thanks to a makeshift wooden framework the building survived another winter and in spring 2004 the official reconstruction of its most damaged parts commenced.

First, the internal additions from after the Second World War were demolished and the roof was completely replaced to secure against sap-rot. Second, the internal columns that supported the women's gallery were replaced along with proper electric wiring, new water mains and a new sewage system. In 2005, a cabinetmaker named František Živčák from Hartmanice restored the original beauty to the synagogue - he crafted perfect replicas of the original doors, windows, and railings. A  blacksmith fashioned classic interior iron elements and the walls were coated with new pale blue plaster. Amazingly, the two original granite plates, chiseled with the Ten Commandments, were found in the garden being used as steps and safely returned to the gable of the synagogue.

On May 16th 2006, the synagogue was inaugurated by Petr Pithart, the Vice-president of the Czech Senate and by Karol Ephraim Sidon, the Chief Rabbi of the Czech Republic.

In August 2006, the Hartmanice Mountain Synagogue was declared a historical landmark by the Czech Ministry of Culture. In September 2006, it received an award in the prestigious national competition "Building of the Year 2006".



The only discovered photo of the synagogue that served as a guide for the reconstruction.


Circular window in the shape of the Star of Solomon in the year 2002 and after reconstruction.


Circular window in the shape of the Star of Solomon in the year 2002 and after reconstruction.

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