The Jewish Heritage of Haguenau

The Jewish heritage is part of the little-known heritage of Haguenau.

The Synagogue

La Synagogue de Haguenau, built between 1820 and 1821 is in the neo-classical style. Ransacked during the Occupation and damaged at the end of the Second World War, it was renovated and to find all its splendor in 1959.

Many remains from the old synagogue that were in a house on Rue du Sel are on display there.

This ancient synagogue was built in 1492. Victim of the fire 1676 before being rebuilt, it held its role until 1820, date on which the current synagogue was built.

Synagogue © Tourist Office
Synagogue © Tourist Office

The Jewish Cemetery

Le Jewish cemetery of Haguenau is one of the most oldest in Alsace. There are burials dating from the XVIIrd century. The types of headstones differ according to the times and the religious role of the person buried. These stelae are interesting to analyze and comment on, especially the front part on which there are epitaphs as well as sculptures. With an area of ​​approximately 1 hectare and 60 ares, il hosts 3200 graves.

The cemetery was enlarged in 1766 and 1872. It was the victim of vandalism during Second World War : walls and doors have been ripped open and graves have been knocked down or destroyed. As a result of this, nearly a thousand graves are missing today.

Jewish cemetery Tourist Office
Jewish cemetery © Tourist Office

Learn more 

Within the framework of European Days of Jewish Culture 2023, come visit the Hagenau Jewish Cemetery September 17 and synagogue October 27! There Synagogue of Pfaffenhoffen in Val-de-Moder will also open its doors to you on September 3 and 17, as will the Synagogue of Brumath September 3 and 10 and Brumath Jewish Cemetery the September 3.

Full program and registration details here.

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