Monday, April 8, 2013

Poznanski Mausoleum, Lodz

Izrael Poznanski, a local textile magnate, donated 10.5 hectares of his own land to the city of Lodz in order to build a new Jewish cemetery in 1891 after the original "Old Cemetery" of 1811 proved to be too small. Since then, it has become the biggest Jewish cemetery in Europe.

Poznanski died in 1900 and along with his wife Eleanora, is entombed in this grand, open-air mausoleum resembling a Greek temple that was designed by architect Adolf Seligsohn of the Berlin firm Cremer and Wolffenstein. It was built 1903-05.

The oriental-style mosaics found in the dome were restored in 1993.

Wikipedia DA
A Virtual Tour of Jewish Lodz 
Magic Madzik's flickr Photostream
ZzZachary's flicrk Photostream
Jewish Community of Lodz
Centrum Dialogu
Bedoire, Frederic. The Jewish Contribution to Modern Architecture: 1830-1930. Jersey City: KTAV Publishing, Inc., 2004. 404, 412.

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