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

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Most unexpected gem

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
BlondeBunny
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
25 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

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 

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Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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290 reviews 290 reviews
82 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
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 

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Sydney, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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204 reviews 204 reviews
137 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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839 reviews 839 reviews
444 attraction reviews
486 helpful votes 486 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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Wollongong, Australia
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400 reviews 400 reviews
192 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 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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