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Address: 166 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 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 bubblesReviewed July 4, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was here as part of the Sydney Open Event. As a group we were seated for an abbreviated 20min tour of the Synagogue. Security was tight as that is the world we live in now! Guides were passionate and knowledgable. All questions were well handled. Very fancy and elaborate interior with lots of history and anecdotes attached. Ritual is a... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Only viewed again from the outside and looked like a fabulous older building of Sydney. More time required in this great city to see everything1

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 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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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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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