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The Kenessa of Vilnius – Karaite sanctuary



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The architect Michail Prozorov designed the rectangular building with three-walled apse according to the requirements of Karaim liturgy

The oriental-style exterior has a protruding central part and the onion-shaped dome over it. The distinctive exterior of the building emphasises its unique purpose

In 1949, the Kenessa, along with many other sacral buildings, was nationalized and closed down. In 1988, it was returned to the Karaim community. In 1993, it was re-consecrated and has remained open since


All photos are copyrighted by Vladislav B. Sotirovic

© Vladislav B. Sotirovic 2020

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