From a warehouse to a house of music

Once Košice’s Neolog Synagogue, now called Dom Umenia (House of Art).

State Philharmonic Orchestra, KošiceState Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice (Source: Jana Liptáková)

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The Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, a world-class symphony orchestra, currently performs in what was once Košice’s Neolog Synagogue. It’s now called the Dom Umenia (House of Art).​

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​ This building adjoins the site where the first synagogue in Košice stood until the 1860s. Completed in 1927, the Neolog Synagogue building (with a capacity of 1,100), designed by architect Lajos Kozma from Budapest, had a huge elliptical dome with a 21 by 24 metre diameter.

The dome, patterned after the Roman Pantheon, makes up part of the central Košice skyline with its red herringbone decoration between the dome’s external ribs. The synagogue ceased to serve its original purpose after World War II.

It was then used as a warehouse for corn and later, in the 1950s, it was rebuilt into the House of Art. An important part of the interior is a pipe organ.
The top of the dome once was home to a six-pointed star now part of the Holocaust memorial. It has been replaced by a gold-painted lute.

Opening hours:

The sight is open usually only for performances: September through June (Mon-Sun)

Ticket prices:

Admission for adults: varies depending on performance
Reduced price (seniors, students, pupils): from €5
For more pricing options see the website of the State Philharmonic Orchestra.

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