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Great Synagogue

Address: 166 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (St. James)
Phone Number: 61 02 9267 2477
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Ranked #132 of 235 Attractions in Sydney
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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English first
Sydney, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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187 reviews 187 reviews
129 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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794 reviews 794 reviews
422 attraction reviews
439 helpful votes 439 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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303 reviews 303 reviews
148 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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
61 helpful votes 61 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
70 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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