When you are driving on the excellent Lithuanian highways, the little sleepy town of Ziezmariai is worth a detour in order to visit its old synagogue.
There are only few remaining old wooden synagogues in Lithuania today.
The synagogue in Ziezmariai was built in the mid 19th century, close to the town square.
An old lady who lives next door has the key and opened the door for us. The building is crumbling and needs urgent care and restoration to prevent it from falling to pieces.
Still, maybe because of its poor condition, when I entered the synagogue I felt like I was going back in time to previous centuries and earlier generations, when there were many proud Jewish communities in Lithuania, and Jewish culture flourished.