Great Synagogue

sights / Religious

Great Synagogue information

Sydney , Australia
187a Elizabeth St
+61 2 9267 2477
Getting there
Train: St James
More information
tours adult/child $10/5
Opening hours
tours noon Thu & 1st & 3rd Tue
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The heritage-listed Great Synagogue (1878) is the spiritual home of Sydney’s oldest Jewish congregation, established in 1831. It’s considered the Mother Synagogue of Australia and is architecturally the most important in the southern hemisphere, combining Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish and Byzantine elements. Tours include the AM Rosenblum Museum’s artefacts and a video presentation on Jewish beliefs, traditions and history in Australia.

Look out for the starry gold-leaf ceiling (supported by 12 arches representing the tribes of Israel) and the French Gothic wrought-iron gates.