Restoration, reconstruction and revitalization of the Synagogue in Trenčín

Basic information

  • Project Number: CLT01004
  • Project Title: Restoration, reconstruction and revitalization of the Synagogue in Trenčín
  • Program: Culture
  • Region of the Project Implementation: Trenčiansky
  • District of the Project Implementation: Trenčín
  • Estimated Date of Project Completion: 30.04.2024
  • Project Promoter: Jewish religious community Trenčín
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  • Status: Active


  • Project Grant Approved: 898 000 €

Information in a nutshell

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Jewish community made up 15 to 20 per cent of the Trenčín population. The original wooden synagogue was not sufficient for numerous religious community and, thus, it was replaced with a new one in 1913. A remarkable building is an example of early modernist trends, it is a timeless work of Berlin-based and Trenčín-born architect Richard Scheibner and his colleague Hugo Pál. The rich decorated synagogue was damaged by anti-Jewish fury and military actions during WW2. The landmark was further hit during the communist regime when there was a clothing warehouse located there and, due to insensitive reconstruction in the 70s and 80s, its unique acoustics and abundant decorations were damaged. The current Jewish community in Trenčín and, after its restoration, the Jewish religious community in Trenčín, have made long-term effort to maintain the synagogue. Since the 90s, there have been several partial reconstructions carried out there, some of them repeatedly. Due to the difficult financial situation, it was not possible to restore its condition in a more comprehensive manner, to prevent multiple emergency situations and stop the impact of time and weather conditions.

Project description

The subject of the project is the implementation of a significant renovation of a unique building, the Jewish synagogue in Trenčín. The monument of extraordinary importance will regain a part of its original appearance. Afterward, it shall open to the public as a modern cultural space. As part of the construction work, the roof and part of the interior will be reconstructed, the windows on the tambour will be replaced and the painting of the dome will be restored. In the upcoming years, there will be a cultural center in the renovated premises, which will present Jewish culture to the public and which will become a place for dialogue between the majority and the minority. Tourists will find a place of the first contact in the entrance hall and various cultural events will be organized in the main hall. In addition, in cooperation with the Jewish Cultural Institute, which is the Slovak partner of the project, an exposition of the Jewish culture of Middle Považie will be added to the synagogue.