Lithuanian wooden synagogues under restoration

The small wooden synagogues in Alanta and Kurkliai, Lithuania, are under restoration.

In Kurkliai, maintenance and conservation work has been going on since 2019. The logs of the walls were strengthened and rotten logs were replaced, there was waterproofing of the foundations, ceilings and wooden roof structures were restored, and the roof covering was replaced. In Alanta, the windows have been replaced in recent weeks, the walls have been reinforced, roof repair has taken place, and work is going on in the interior.

Used as a warehouse for grain and fertilizer after WWII, the Alanta synagogue was returned to Jewish community ownership after Lithuania became independent following the fall of communism and breakup of the USSR. It  was declared a protected monument in 2015.

Both restorations received funding from the Lithuanian Culture Ministry’s Department of  Cultural Heritage.


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