Jewish suburb – Old Synagogue Bardejov

The area of ​​the so-called Jewish suburb is the most important locality of the Jewish cultural heritage in Bardejov. The complex of Jewish ritual buildings consists of the Old Synagogue, the House of Assembly (Bet hamidras), a ritual bath (mikveh), a tower and a boiler room. In the past, there was also a ritual slaughterhouse in the area (it has not been preserved, however). These buildings served the spiritual and community needs of the orthodox Jewish community (Hasidic Jews) which was the sixth largest Jewish community in Slovakia in the interwar period. The set of buildings is located in the zone of the Bardejov Monument Reserve. The old synagogue was declared a national cultural monument in 1970, the mikveh and bet hamidras in 2000. In the same year, the historic center of Bardejov, together with the Jewish suburb, were entered in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. The owner of the complex is the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities in the Slovak Republic.


How to get there

The Jewish suburb can be found 600 m from the Town Hall Square, in the direction of Poprad.