Jüdisches Ritualbad, © Klaus Landry

Ritual Bath (Mikveh)

Jüdisches Ritualbad, © Klaus Landry

At almost the same time the synagogue was built, the community built the ritual bath, a so-called mikveh. It was located a short distance from the synagogue and is the oldest installation of its kind in central Europe. 

 



 

 

Glasdach des Ritualbades, ©Klaus VenusA barrel-vaulted staircase leads through a vestibule to a quadratic bathing shaft located 32 feet below ground. Here the Jews undertook the religious cleansing proscribed by Mosaic law by immersing themselves in cold “natural” water.

The mikveh is decorated with rich Romanesque ornamentation that was coloured in the Middle Ages. A two-part window opens the view into the bathing shaft.

The installation is now covered by a glass structure in order to protect it.

 
 




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