Green Synagogue

The Green Synagogue in Rezekne is the oldest synagogue in the Baltics. The original building was constructed in red clay and wood and it survived the Second World War. In the 1980s it was abandoned due to its critical condition. With the help of external funds the entire building was renovated in 2016.

According to Elina, the city’s tourism specialist, generally the Green Synagogue in Rezekne is not used for religious purposes except on certain occasions. For example, the synagogue was last used for Jewish New Year celebrations. The city had about 10,000 Jews during the Second World War; almost all of them left due to Russification of the place. The old scriptures that were buried were found during the renovation and they are kept on display currently. The place is one of the historical attractions for the visitors.