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Address: 166 Castlereagh St, 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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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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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 

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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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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

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Sydney, Australia
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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 

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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 

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