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Great Synagogue

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Address: 166 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 02 9267 2477
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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... More 

Thank GPBurdell67
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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... More 

Thank anchor70
Manresa, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 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... More 

Thank AlbertSalichs
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 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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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

To describe Synagogue is very hard but I tradin the mitle of cyty nice very aold still most of the time very by your a lot of weddings

Thank Michael2013Odessa
Sydney, Australia
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166 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

I never even knew that the Synagogue was in the city! When the open day happened through Sydney and we bought a ticket and planned our trip around the city, this Synagogue drew my attention because of its central location. It was really interesting to find it, hear about its history and go inside. As the most beautiful Synagogue in... More 

Thank BlondeBunny
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Synagogue is worth visiting for its' beauty. Visits only on tour (or for services). Get GOOD directions. The front is gated and locked until the tour starts and an armed guard lets people in (sad commentary for our times). The principal part of the tour was the lecture. We Jews learned more about our religion than we expected, and... More 

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We walked and walked around Sydney looking for the Synagogue we finally found it and it was chained closed. The office is behind the Synagogue. So we walked to the office and there is an intercom system. A voice behind the intercom told us they give a tour once a month and the day we visited we couldn't get in.... More 

Thank Iralgo
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A wonderful Old building in the heart of the Sydney CBD.. Beautiful Outside and Gorgeous Inside ! To see how Generous a place of worship is, pop in here if you can. you wont be disappointing

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Took the Thursday tour with my family. Infant girl was awoken by the Shofar blast demonstrated by tour guide. Woke baby girl up - which I found very timely! An English gentleman tour guide, Cambridge-educated, adding an air of erudition and chokmah. A beautifully ornamented beis and well worth a visit when in Sydney. Take a bus afterwards, maybe, out... More 

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The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.