From the outside, the Spanish Synagogue has no religious markings at all. It looks more like a banal blocky communist ministry than a house of worship. The interiors of the synagogue, relies on luxurious earth tone Moorish arabesque designs on every inch of the sanctuary, much like the Jubilee Synagogue, only smaller. There are no carved statues or frescoes in these synagogues. As in all Jewish houses of worship nothing representational is allowed except depictions of plants and animals: Images of God or the prophets are forbidden. Nonetheless, the Moorish carvings and painted covering the walls are a lavish feast for the eyes and for the spirit.
There is an exhibit of Jewish life and death from medieval central Europe to the present. What struck out the most in the Spanish Synagogue was a picture (taken by the Nazis) of a woman unwittingly leading a group of children to the gas chamber. There are many other powerful images on display as well.
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