The synagogue in Nová Cerekev is one of the buildings that were reconstructed within the "Revitalization of Jewish historic buildings in the Czech Republic" project. The reconstruction took place between 2011 and 2013.
The synagogue is an extraordinary, Moorish style building, that was built in 1855 by the architect Štěpán Walser instead of an older, wooden synagogue.
It is one of the first large synagogues in the Czech Republic built in a historicist style.
Despite its age, it is still a very progressive building which, to this day, continues to give an air of monumentality.
After the Second World War, the building was poorly maintained and was used as a store house.
Over the years, the building stayed almost unchanged - a great number of intact exterior and interior constructions and surfaces and a part of the synagogue's furniture were preserved (e.g. the voluminous, wooden, decorative chandelier).
After assessing and documenting the building's condition, and after taking an inventory of preserved art and craft elements, we chose a very sensitive reconstruction and restoration method - with a true intention to save this historic building.
The facades are divided horizontally by strips of cornice copying floor levels, and also vertically - buttresses.
Various materials and colours were used in different sections and on architectural elements.
The sockle has tree levels, with the lowest strip faced with stone panels, and the remaining surfaces plastered (apart from the exposed, terracotta elements).
The colour palette of the plasters is bold and contrasting.
The base surface on the towers is ochre, and most of the other surfaces are dark red-purple. In both cases, the facades are made out of coloured stucco.
The architectural elements are in a mix of white. Especially the entrance front is richly decorated with terracotta elements.
The implementation of the design showed that the correct approach to the building's renovation was chosen.
Visitors can again admire the original beauty of the building and, once the summer starts, enjoy the new exposition called "Architecture of Synagogues"