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Judenplatz (Jewish Square), Vienna

Judenplatz (Jewish Square) - Vienna, Austria
Judenplatz (Jewish Square)
Judenplatz, Vienna, Austria 1010Map
+43 1 21 1140 (tourist board)
Neighborhood: 1st district - Inner City
Overview

As the name suggests, this was the site of the city's first Jewish ghetto dating as far back as the 12th-century. It remained at the heart of the Jewish community for centuries and is now, appropriately enough, the site of a controversial Holocaust Mahnmal, a giant concrete cast of a library designed by the British sculptor Rachel Whiteread. Originally earmarked to be unveiled in 1996 on the 58th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, the monument provoked opposition from local residents and traders because the area was previously used by them as a car park. Matters were further complicated while digging the foundations for the memorial by the discovery of some smoke-blackened remains of a medieval synagogue burnt to the ground during the pogroms in 1421. The memorial was nevertheless given the go-ahead, while a new museum situated in the Misrachi-Haus, a Jewish cultural center at No. 8, will give access to the archaeological remains. The Judenplatz Museum located here, gives you an insight into the various aspects of the life of Viennese Jews.

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  • Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks
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