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In pictures: Germany's biggest synagogue

Synagogue on Rykestrasse, Berlin

Germany's biggest synagogue, on Rykestrasse in Berlin, has reopened after a lavish restoration.

Synagogue on Rykestrasse, Berlin

The synagogue was set ablaze on Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, in 1938.

Rabbis carrying a Torah scroll

Friday's inauguration saw rabbis bringing the Torah to the synagogue, in a ceremony witnessed by political leaders and Holocaust survivors from around the world.

Synagogue on Rykestrasse, Berlin

The synagogue, with a 1,200-person capacity, has been described as one of the jewels of Germany's Jewish community.

Rabbis at synagogue on Rykestrasse, Berlin

Rabbi Chaim Roswaski, who presided at the ceremony, described the reconstruction as "a miracle".

Plaque on synagogue on Rykestrasse, Berlin

Restoration of the neo-classical building, which is more than 100 years old, cost more than 4.5m euros ($6m, 3m).

Synagogue on Rykestrasse, Berlin

The re-opening comes at the start of a Jewish Culture Festival in the capital.

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