The Jewish Suburbia
The historic Jewish quarter—Jewish Suburbia (in Slovak, židovské suburbium)—an example of Bardejov’s historic Jewish communal life, was built in the early 19th century according to Talmudic guidelines and includes:
A Jewish slaughter house once stood nearby on the spot which is now occupied by a supermarket.
UNESCO included the compound in its nomination of Bardejov as a World Heritage Site due to “its cultural and historical significance.”
The Old Synagogue has been restored and was opened to the public in July 2017. The Beith Hamidrash, has recently been vacated and is in the planning process towards restoration and the establishment of a Cultural-Educational Center and Museum.
The Mikvah, which until recently served as a building supply store, is now closed. We hope that the Mikvah will also be restored in the near future so that the Jewish Suburbia can be preserved in its entirety in recognition of, and as a memorial to, the Jewish communities that contributed to Bardejov’s social, economic, and cultural life throughout its history.
The impressive Bardejov Holocaust Memorial, adjacent to the Jewish Suburbia, was dedicated in an official ceremony in June 2014 and is open to the public.