Heritage of Timișoara

Cetate 6 Mărășești str.

Cetate Synagogue

Completion date:


  • Architect: Karl Schumann
  • Construction authorization: 1863
  • Property type: Private property
  • Protection type: Historical Site
    "Cetatea Timişoara" Neighborhood
  • Main arch. style Historicist/Eclectic
  • Current condition Good
  • Planimetry Rectangular
  • No. of levels 1
  • Current functions Sinagogue/Jewish Temple

Built in the second half of the 19th century by local craftsmen, but according to the plans of the Viennese architect Karl Schumann, the Neolog Synagogue of Cetate neighborhood amazes through the elaborate design of the façade which harmoniously combines the texture of apparent bricks with glazed ceramic ornaments and natural stone.

The alternate use of bi-coloured bricks draws geometrical patterns on the entire surface of the main façade, otherwise dominated by a large rose stained glass window with the star of David. Inside we find an exuberant decoration, full of colour and details. The wooden furniture, the cast iron pillars and the ornaments of the vault complete the spatial experience of the edifice.

A strong presence in the urban setting due to its two towers, as well as a symbol of the local Jewish community, the synagogue has now lost its ritualic function. The last period demanded of the edifice a functional reinvention and the synagogue became the scene of various cultural and artistic manifestations. Today it is under restauration, waiting to open its gates once more to visitors.

Authors of this file:

Research & text: Mihai-Claudiu Moldovan

Field research & mapping: Vlad Pată, Alexandra Palconi-Sitov

Translation into English: Cristina Chira

Photographer: Flavius Neamciuc

Last modified: 1 month ago

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