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Synagogue built in Belarus' Vitebsk for the first time in 100 years

A synagogue was built in Vitebsk for the first time in 100 years, with stones from Jerusalem and reproductions of stained glass by Marc Chagall.

The modern building is unlike any prayer house in the world.

Outside it is made of red brick, in tone to the buildings of ancient Vitebsk. Inside is a round hall with a glass dome, and stones come from Jerusalem to symbolize the famous Wailing Wall.

Alexei Fedoristov, architect:
It's not just a comparison of synagogues built around the world. This is the way of life, the way of existence of Jews, their traditions, their foundations.

Karin Block, tourist (Great Britain):
This event is important not only for the Jewish community. I think it will be interesting for all tourists to visit it.

There are also reproductions of stained glass that the famous Vitebsk native Marc Chagall wrote for the Hadassah synagogue in Jerusalem.

Representatives of all faiths are invited to enjoy the decoration of the temple, just talk and even learn Hebrew.

Synagogue built in Belarus' Vitebsk for the first time in 100 years