The two old pictures of the Great Synagogue are very clear and provided the clues for identifying the Great Synagogue.
Only the walls of the Great Synagogue are standing now. The Rabbi street, as the street was called prior to World War II, is now a gravel road, as seen when approaching from the market. No sign marks the identity of the building. The wooden frames of the windows are still present, as are some of the internal wall decorations.
The western entrance to the Great Synagogue is covered with very high weeds. Rubble and debris are accumulating. A neighbor across the dirt road built himself a two story home.
Crows are living on those walls, as it seen from inside, where taller-than-man-sized weeds are growing, and piles of garbage are mounting. Still, the arched windows and the blue colors are present. The sharp eye can discern the painting of a blue and gold curtain on the second floor windows. The enlarged picture shows that beautiful painting.
The only sign of anti-Semitism we noticed in Stolin was the "tzlav-keres" scratched on the cement covering a (now unreachable) second-story window. The enlargement on the right clearly displays it.
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