(JTA) – The Turkish city of Izmir restored a 17th-century synagogue at risk of collapse.
Reconstruction of the Beit Hillel Synagogue began about a year ago. At the time, only the facade was intact; the remainder largely had been destroyed by a pair of fires.
Once the reconstruction is completed, the structure will be turned into a museum, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
“Izmir is the city of tolerant people,” city authorities were quoted as saying. “This project is a result of this understanding.”