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Vienna’s main synogogue was completed in 1826 after Toleranzpatent reforms by Joseph II in the 1780s granted rights to Vienna’s Jews to practise their religion. This paved the way for improved standing for Jews and brought a rise in fortunes. Built in an exquisite Biedermeier style, the main prayer room is flanked by 12 ionic columns and is capped by a cupola.

The synagogue seats about 500 people. Visitors of the Jewish faith can phone (Hebrew, English and German spoken) for more information about services. Arrive early to register with security, and bring your passport.