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Askenazi Sinagogu, Turkey’s only Ashkenazi Synagogue, was designed by Gabriel Tedoschi and officially opened for service in 1900.
Originally established for Jewish immigrants hailing from Macedonia and Poland, the synagogue’s first members were poor tailors and female prostitutes. Today, its congregants share roots from Baghdad, as well as Turkish cities like Adana, Bursa, and Konya.
The synagogue features an especially imposing façade, with three Oriental arches and octagonal rosette windows. Its domed ceiling, painted blue, contrasts markedly with the black wooden ark contained within, which was brought from Kiev. The ark, carved with letters of the Hebrew alphabet, holds Torah scrolls that were brought by Jews on their way to Israel.