LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter Cologne

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LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter Cologne

Right in the center of Cologne, a new museum of international standing is currently being built: the MiQua. LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter Cologne. Its name MiQua can be read short for "Museum im Quartier" and refers to the 6,000 m2 excavation area in Cologne’s Archaeological Quarter, directly beneath the Town Hall Square. Here, in several steps since 1953 over 2000 years of Cologne city history have been revealed, ranging from the palace of the Roman governor, the Praetorium, to the medieval Jewish quarter and the Christian goldsmiths quarter. Above these archaeological monuments, a new museum will be built, which, in addition to a permanent and temporary exhibition area, will provide insights into the archeology of the underground, namely the medieval synagogue and the Jewish ritual bath, the mikveh, which also resonates in the name MiQua.

An important highlight of the future MiQua was on display as a guest exhibit in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud from September 2019. The Amsterdam Mahzor, purchased in 2017 thanks to a European partnership between the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR) and the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam with the support of notable sponsors and foundations, returned to its original home in Cologne and be placed on display at a special exhibition.

MiQua. LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological, is one of three archaeological sites in Cologne that are applying for UNESCO World Heritage status for the Lower German Limes in 2020 in a joint project of the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. The Praetorium, a unique ground monument from Roman times in the Archaeological Zone on Cologne's Rathausplatz will be a highlight of the future MiQua.

In 2013, the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR) and the City of Cologne concluded a framework agreement for the museum project. The city of Cologne serves as the promoter of the construction and as the owner of the museum as well as the archaeological monuments. The LVR develops the museum’s content as well as the operational concept. Presumably at the end of 2021, the LVR will take over the sponsorship of the museum.





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Amsterdam Mahzor. A treasure comes home

  • Amsterdam Machsor, Folio 180b: „Kol Nidre“,
    ca. 1250.
    © Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam und Landschaftsverband Rheinland
    (2017 erworben durch das Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam und den Landschaftsverband Rheinland mit Unterstützung der Kulturstiftung der Länder, der Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, der Kulturförderung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, der C.L. Grosspeter Stiftung, des Rheinischen Sparkassen- und Giroverbandes sowie der Sparkasse KölnBonn und der Kreissparkasse Köln).
  • Amsterdam Machsor, ca. 1250,
    © K.W. Schmidt

MiQua. LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter Cologne

  • Blick von Obenmarspforten auf das MiQua (Simulation) © Wandel Lorch Architekten
  • Blick in die mittelalterliche Mikwe. Abstieg vom Obergeschoss in das Jüdische Viertel
    © Michael van den Bogaaard / Stadt Köln
  • Blick in dass Oktogon im Praetorium © Stefan Arendt / LVR-ZMB