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In the village of Rashkovo, Kamensky District, on August 4, the conservation of the Great Synagogue, built in the 17th century, will begin. This is stated in a press release from the Renaissance Foundation, published on August 2, NEWSMAKER.MD reports.
In 2020, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced an open competition for funding projects for the preservation of cultural sites in Moldova, including on the territory of Transnistria. In April 2021, UNDP signed a cooperation agreement with the Renaissance Foundation, as their proposed synagogue conservation project received more than 10,000 votes.
“The first stage of work, which involves clearing and preserving the walls of the Synagogue, will begin on August 4 and will last until the end of this year. In the next season, it is planned to start archaeological research and continue the conservation of the building and the restoration of stone elements of the Synagogue’s decoration, ”the press release says, according to NEWSMAKER.MD
The Great Synagogue in the village of Rashkovo, Kamensky District, is one of the oldest churches in Transnistria. The construction of the Synagogue was completed in 1749. This is a unique architectural monument built in the Baroque style. Until the 1930s, the Synagogue was the center of Jewish life and culture in the region. In early 1930, she suffered during the Soviet anti-religious campaign: the vaults in the building were destroyed. The synagogue is now in a dilapidated state. The height of the preserved walls is about 8 meters, and they urgently need to be strengthened.