An abandoned Synagogue’s gate in Istanbul was set on fire

The gate of the historical Kasturya Synagogue, located in the Ayvansaray district in Istanbul, has been set on fire by unidentified people.

The Kasturya Synagogue which was founded several Sephardic Jewish families coming from the city of Kastoria in the Macedonian region of Greece was built in 1893 and demolished in 1937. Only the historical gate remained to this day. According to the report of Arif Hür from the Snob Magazine, the gate and some remains of Kasturya Synagogue were set on fire by unidentified people.

The eyewitness Serhat Ersürel said, “While I was passing by, I noticed smokes coming from the Kasturya Synagogue’s gate. I took the fire extinguisher from my car and I took the first countermeasure. Then I notified the fire department. They put out the fire. However, the synagogue’s gate was damaged.”

The Kasturya Synagogue has been handed over to the Directorate General of Foundations in recent years. The restoration works have started in Kasturya Synagogue in September 2020. The excavations revealed some of the basic remains of the ancient synagogue building, as well as fragments from the walls that had been underground for many years.

The investigations should reveal who has set the gate of the historical Kasturya Synagogue on fire, and whether it has been done intentionally.

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