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Dead Sea, Israel

EIN GEDI SYNAGOGUE

Project objectives

360°/ Animated VR

(2019)

The synagogue in Ein Gedi is one of the most impressive ancient synagogues unearthed in Israel. It was first built in the 3rdcentury CE and served a vibrant local Jewish population, most of whom were date palm and persimmon growers. The synagogue had a trapezoid shape that has been retained throughout its 300-year long history. The synagogue remains that are visible to this day are from the 5thcentury CE renovations - the building was expanded, the Torah Ark placed on the Northern wall and a new mosaic floor put down. The floor contains five inscriptions including a unique one with a warning and curse. The synagogue, as well as the settlement, was destroyed in the 6thcentury CE, likely during the reign of Emperor Justinian (527-565) and the period of his persecution of the Jews. 

 

Client

smac - State Museum of Archeology Chemnitz. 

Exhibited

smac - State Museum of Archeology Chemnitz. "Live on the Dead Sea" (September 2019 - March 2020)

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