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Great Synagogue

166 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (St. James)
61 02 9267 2477
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Ranked #160 of 293 attractions in Sydney
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Most recent review
- Apr 25, 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Big Pine Key, Florida
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108 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I went for the 12pm tour on a Thursday. There was a small group of us and we were lead into the Synagogue where we met with one of the members of the Synagogue. We sat down in the pews and watched a 30 minute movie of the history of the Synagogue as well as Judaism in Australia. The movie... More

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Millburn, New Jersey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The Great synagogue is a beautiful building. They have a video that gives the history of the Jewish community in Australia that is very interesting and informative. We sort of joined a non-Jewish senior citizens group that was having a private tour so we had an interesting guide. I'm not sure if everyone visiting gets a guide. There is a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Went there last month,they conduct tours on a Thursday....but I was not happy paying a 10 dollar fee..........tour was about the history of the Synangogue. Was ok ....but paying a fee was not a happy thing.

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Paris, France
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371 attraction reviews
302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

I fail to understand why Australian churches seem to get closed to the public on some days. It would have been great to see inside this one, but from the outside it had me captivated about what could be inside.

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Sydney, Australia
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288 reviews 288 reviews
147 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

The Great Synagogue has an amazing cieling which looks like the heavens at night with golden starts set against a blue colured cieling. It was some years ago that I visited but it was a memorable experience

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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

for obvious reasons, you usually cannot walk into this great place of worship and "have a look around". However, i have been on organised tour [which in itself was good because of the knowledge and pride of the guide in the synagogue] but most amazing of all is its interior - especially the ceiling - will say no more -... More

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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70 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

Did you know that Australia is the only country who knows for sure when the first Jewish came on shore Do you want to know when? And why? Then Go to the Great Synagogue in Sydney watch the 25 minutes movie and you will e smart as I am now \ The Building itself is one of the nicest Synagogue... More

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