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Great Synagogue

166 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9267 2477
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A must visit for anyone interested in Jewish culture

This congregation was initially founded in 1828 and the building that we visited was erected in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Glen Allen, Virginia
via mobile
A great piece of architecture and history

The great synagogue is beautifully and artistically designed. The rabbi of the synagogue gave us a... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Bracha K
Jerusalem, Israel
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166 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 2 9267 2477
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This congregation was initially founded in 1828 and the building that we visited was erected in 1878. It typifies what was found within the orthodox segment of Jewish religion from that era. Reservations are necessary to visit this building and only small groups of people...More

Thank MusicMan42
Reviewed 9 July 2017

The great synagogue is beautifully and artistically designed. The rabbi of the synagogue gave us a tour and description which was accompanied by a video. The history of the synagogue is linked to that of the Jewish presence in Australia. It was a very moving...More

Thank Bracha K
Reviewed 5 March 2017

A "must" for anyone, including other faiths. The tour guide was most engaging and one could tell he LOVED telling us about his beloved Synagogue. (Understandably, no photos were allowed)

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is Sydney's oldest synagogue and the architecture both external from Elizabeth Street) and internal is well worth seeing. The ceiling in the main area is celestial blue with scattered gold stars and is just beautiful. It is open a couple of days a week...More

Thank 13JSF
Reviewed 7 November 2016 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....More

Thank The_4_Bears2
Reviewed 6 August 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

Thank Cheryl J
Reviewed 22 June 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,"...More

Thank gabykouchacji
Reviewed 5 February 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...More

Thank GPBurdell67
Reviewed 21 January 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...More

Thank anchor70
Reviewed 29 November 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...More

Thank AlbertSalichs
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with
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buildings and after-work drink places, high-end
shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners
frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a
dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit
the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle,
reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
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