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“Great presence on the Park”
Review of Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue
Reviewed 22 June 2016

The Great Synagogue of Sydney, Australia is said by its website to be the most beautiful in Australia and one of the finest in the world. It is an Australian treasure, but also has a "vibrant congregation" with activities and services. "It welcomes all Jews," regardless of their various differences, and visitors are welcome for both tours and services.

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Reviewed 5 February 2016

Built in 1878, the Great Synagogue is a beautiful edifice, still very actively used by the Sydney Jewish community, and representative of the evolution of Judaism through synagogue design. As explained by our tour leader, the bimah (pulpit) was originally located in the center of the large sanctuary, but was moved to the front to allow the large congregation to utilize the space more effectively. Men and women are still separated into floor and balcony seating. Tours are limited, so check their website to avoid disappointment. There is a nominal fee.

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Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

I wanted to see this synagogue and waited most of my trip to go on the tour. I have been to many in many different countries and have always been allowed to photograph before ... It's kind of why I go! The tour was short and the video I could have seen online. The tour guide seemed disinterested. It's a beautiful building. I wish we could have seen more than the main sanctuary and 1 room museum:(

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Reviewed 29 November 2015

Great Synagogue is a beautiful Synagogue built in the XIX century and it has a gothic style. It is located in Elizabeth St., close to the Hyde Park in Sydney. It is a beautiful synagogue to see it from outside or better from the Hyde Park. It was a pity, because we could not to enter in the Synagogue, because always it was closed (we do not know if only is open for a worship).
(thank you dad for this gift)

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Reviewed 5 July 2015

We were only able to see it from the outside as it was locked, but as the oldest synagogue in Sydney, it is quite beautiful! It's certainly worth a visit especially if you're near Hyde Park

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