Today’s postcard shows the New Synagogue of Mainz, Germany, which was opened in September 2010. It may well be the most stunning piece of architecture in the city. Angular and labyrinthine as it is, the dark green building still fits perfectly in between the surrounding apartment buildings and huge, old trees lining the streets. Its shape signifies five letters from the Hebrew alphabet: קדושה, Kedushah, meaning a blessing of sancification and elevation, a highly symbolic Jewish reference to the importance of the script and everything that’s written.
If you are interested in a more detailed analysis of the building, this is a great article (available in German only).