Ritual baths of Vilnius' Great Synagogue rediscovered | ArchaeoFeed
Archaeologists uncovered two ritual baths called "mikvah" at the site of the Great Synagogue in Vilnius, Lithuania. The 17th-century building was completely destroyed by Germans and Soviets during and after World War 2. The ritual baths (by Jon Seligman & Israel Antiquities Authority) The Great Synagogue of Vilnius was a large community centre and a place of Torah study. The building was looted and burned by the Germans, and the standing remains were completely destroyed by the Soviet authorities who built a modern school in its place. The excavations at the site followed an architectural restoration plans from the end of the 19th century. The plans featured a bathhouse which consisted of two main floors, many rooms, and a large service wing. Archaeologists were able to identify two installations that were built as ritual baths – the mikvah. The plan guided the researchers during the archaeological dig. Excavations at the site (by Jon Seligman & Israel Antiquities Authority)