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Israeli Archaeologists Discover Remnants of Great Historical Synagogue

sat001Photo: Great Synagogue of Vilna, built in 1572. Taken during WWI

Using new technology, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed what may be the Great Synagogue of Vilna

Israeli archaeologists announced Wednesday that they may have discovered remnants of the Great Synagogue of Vilna. One of the most treasured landmarks of European Jewish history, the synagogue was reportedly destroyed by the Nazis during their occupation of Lithuania during WWII.

A particularly old and historically significant building, the synagogue was built in the 1600’s and served as a central hotspot for Lithuanian Jewry until it was severely damaged by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

The archaeological discovery was made when scientists were searching in an area near a school in Vilnius. Using a combination of underground detection radars and other equipment, the scientists found what they currently believe to be pieces of the synagogue.



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