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House in Jewish town of Krasnaya Sloboda

Image of synagogue currently being re-built in Krasnaya Sloboda

this synagogue orignailly dated from the 17th century but became unstable and was demolished. It is now being rebuilt "in the same style" as the original.

Smaller of two synagogues in use in Krasnaya Sloboda

Main synagogue
 

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Street scape in Krasnaya Sloboda. The large house at the end of the street is a new build - the others date from early 20th century onwards. Note the decorative panel above the entrance to building nearest the camera!

Entrance to former birthing house

Former "birthing house" (maternity hospital) in Krasnaya Sloboda , Most young people now live and work abroad and the remaining community uses the new maternity hospital in nearby Quba.

Early 20th century house

Wedding palace in Jewish town of Krasnaya Sloboda - home to 3,500 - 4,000 Jews this 100% Jewish town is probably unique outside of Israel. The people are Mountain Jews descended from those invited here in 1735 by Fatali Khan. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union about half the population left for Israel.
Big weddings with many guests and expensive banquets are fashionable throughout Azerbaijan and there are many wedding palaces - this one is not considered to be especially large!
 
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