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The synagogue (Tbilisi)



The synagogue (Tbilisi)

The Hebrews have been living in Tbilisi since it was founded. According to the sources that have come up to day , their main dwelling area was lower Kala. At this very time the Hebrews had the synagogue in Kldisubani, though it did not survive the time.
The synagogue located on K. Leselidze street was constructed in 1910. The brick building is deeply protruded into the depth of the sidewalk. The wide stone stairs lead us to the street.
There is one more functioning synagogue in Tkavi blind alley in Tbilisi. But in the synagogue that was constructed at the teens of the 20th century on Anton Katholocos street , the historic- ethnographical museum of Hebrews ( founded in 1933) is disposed at present.
The museum was canceled in 1951 during the soviet regime, lots of important files that were kept in that building were distributed to the other museums. In 1992 the museum got back its funds and it started functioning again.
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From Gorgasali square arises Samgebro street, where Armenian Fortress Church of Saint George Surb-Gevorg is located. It was erected from brick under the guidance of the prince Umek in 1251. Then it was rebuilt more than once. It is considered the most ancient of the present functioning Armenian churches in Tbilisi. An Armenian poet of the The synagogue was built at the end of the 19th century. The Georgian Synagogue is famous as Big Synagogue. It was established by the Jews from Akhaltsikhe, who settled in Tbilisi at the end of the 19th century, so its second name is "synagogue of Jews from Akhaltsikhe". The synagogue was made from bricks, in eclectic style, between 1895 and 1913 and then decorated with the cupola and lantern. According to Jewish tradition, the building is directed to Jerusalem (to the south) along its longitudinal axis (from the entrance, in direction to Aron Akosheda). The main gates of the synagogue are decorated with David's Star. century, a musician, ashug (bard), a master of love lyrics Saiat-Nova was buried under the northern wall of the church.



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