A Portuguese municipality launched a restoration project of the country’s oldest intact synagogue.
A Feb. 3 ceremony kicking off the restoration of the Sabar Hassamain synagogue on the island of Sao Miguel was conducted by Jose Manuel Bolieiro, the mayor of Ponta Delgada. Ponta Delgada is the capital of the Azores archipelago, a region of Portugal located 900 miles west of Lisbon on an island in the Atlantic Ocean.
The restoration of the synagogue, founded in the early 19th century, will cost approximately $290,000 and be completed in eight months, RTP television reported. European Union bodies devoted to the preservation of historical monuments will provide the funding.
At the end of the restoration, the synagogue will become a museum.