This is one of the very few buildings of worship, called kenesa, of the karai religion. A kenesa is a place of worship with an altar heading south. The most modern kenesa is in Vilnius. The building was started in 1911 according to the project of architect M. Prozorov in orientalistic style. The beginning of WW I stopped the finishing works. In 1921 the works started again and after two years, on September 9 th, 1923 this kenesa was consecrated.
In 1949 the kenesa was closed by Sovyet authorities.
For 40 years it was used for several purposes as f.e. geodesy service archives.
In 1989 the kenesa was given back to the Karaim religious community and after five years of restoration it was reconsecrated.
- Copyright: Roland Parton (ahmet54) (2985)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 is
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-12 3:04