Great Synagogue, Sydney

Great Synagogue, Sydney

The Sydney Great Synagogue is the largest place of worship for Jewish people in New South Wales. It is listed on the Register of the National Estate which is a list of significant cultural monuments in Australia.

The Great Synagogue was designed by Thomas Rowe and has a combination of Byzantine, Moorish Revival and Victorian Free Gothic Architectural styles. It was consecrated in 1878 and is the oldest synagogue in New South Wales that continues to be used as a place of worship. The Jewish community of Sydney flourished in the city from the earliest European settlements when 15 Jews were among those brought as convicts by the First Fleet.

The Great Synagogue is a highly decorated structure in carved sandstone and timber, molded plaster, tiling, glass and metalwork. It has a traditional elevated area for ladies. A 25 minute movie about the history of Jews in Australia is shown to visitors and there is a small museum in the basement with a collection of Jewish religious objects used from birth to death.

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Sight Name: Great Synagogue
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia (See walking tours in Sydney)
Sight Type: Religious
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