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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:41 AM   #1
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Synagogue

ok post your pics of your achitecturaly favorite Synagogues


this pic i scanned from a booklet i found in the back of a local Synagoge about keeping quiet during services , its not as clear as i would like but if you can make out the detail , its amazing! this is called the Szeged Synagogue


Touro Synagogue in Newport RI - the oldest synagogue in the United States





Amsterdam Sefardic Synagogue



The Great Amsterdam Synagogue








KAM in Chicago designed by sullivan/adler




Congrigation Agudas Achim in uptown Chicago

















Congregation Bnei Ruven ,Chicago...i cant find pics but this one is truly unique. the building was renovated in 160 and won many awards . the building from the outsid is supposed to resembel a torah scroll, and the arc in the inside is supposed to look like its acending up into the heavens .

On the island of Djerba is what is reckoned to be the world's oldest functioning synagogue





Warsaw Poland





Belz ,Jerusalem








ok thats a start , more to come . so post your fav's also
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Old November 29th, 2005, 05:21 AM   #2
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The Great Synagogue Of Sydney - Sydney, Australia!



Sporadic Jewish worship, led by a former convict, Joseph Marcus, commenced in Australia in the 1820's. A free settler, Philip Joseph Cohen, inaugurated regular services in 1828 in his house in George Street. The congregation then used temporary premises for its Synagogue, later erecting a dignified house of worship in Egyptian style in York Street, near where the Town Hall stands today. A breakaway group commenced a synagogue in Macquarie Street, opposite Parliament House, but the breach was healed in the late 1870's.
March, 1878, saw the consecration of the Great Synagogue, designed by Thomas Rowe, an eminent non-Jewish architect of the period. It was and still is a magnificent building with a prevalent Byzantine style interspersed with Gothic characteristics. The tall twin towers on the front are of Pyrmont sandstone characteristically moulded and carved in the period style. Originally the synagogue was the highest building and focal point of the area; the passage of time, however, has seen it sandwiched between high commercial buildings on each side.

The interior gives, on entering, the impression of spaciousness and height with its cast iron columns, its plaster decorations to the arches and the panelled and groined ceiling. The stained glass windows and fine light pendants, originally lit by gas, a are also worthy of attention.





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Old November 29th, 2005, 05:23 AM   #3
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Melbourne Hebrew Congregation - Melbourne, Australia






The Holy Ark in the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation.



The bimah in the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 05:31 AM   #4
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nice shul!
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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:59 PM   #5
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this is awesome !!!
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Old November 29th, 2005, 05:31 PM   #6
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yeh im gonna try to rescan it later after work so you get a bigger clearer picture. its a truly magnificant peice of intriquite art.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #7
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New Synagoge in Berlin





Old Synagoge in Essen



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Old November 29th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #8
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Old November 29th, 2005, 10:06 PM   #9
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New Synagoge in Berlin



When you say 'new' do you mean new as in it's just been built or new in comparison to the other one you posted? If it's just been built then all I can say is... WOW! I mean it's just as impressive if it's old but it's so rare to see such intricate buildings like that being built now, it's just truely stunning!
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Old November 29th, 2005, 11:47 PM   #10
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^ That's just the name. "Neue Synagoge" (New Synagogue) in german. The Neue Synagoge was built between 1859-1866.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 11:53 PM   #11
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I haven't been to many synagogues, but one that I have toured was designed by the famous German modernist Erich Mendelsohn. It's Mount Zion, on Summit Avenue in St. Paul Minnesota. What is truly amazing about this place is that you can view some important impressionistic artwork - originals, not prints - of artists like Cezanne and Chagall in the lobby.

Here is a website about the recent renovation of the building: http://www.btr-architects.com/Mountziontemple2.htm
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The Synagogue of Kaifeng, China (c.1722)
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Old sinagoga del Transito, Toledo jewish quarter, nowadays is the museum of the jews in spain sefarad









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Touro Synagogue

I'm pleased that y'all liked my photos of the Touro Synagogue. If you'd like to actually read about this amazing building and its history, the article from which the photos were linked is at:

http://www.offbeattravel.com/touro.html

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Touro Synagogue

Hi,
I'm glad y'all enjoyed my photos of the Touro Synagogue.

If you'd like to read the article that went with the photos on this amazing synagogue and its history it's at:

http://www.offbeattravel.com/touro.html

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Old November 30th, 2005, 08:34 PM   #17
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Synagogue in Antwerp :



and one in Brussels :

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nealas, yeh thanks for the photos, thats synagogue is magnifacent ,and worth the visit to see the inside.
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Temple Emanu El in NYC is probably one of the biggest synagogues in the world.

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a modern synagogue, built by R. Stech in 1892 to the design of architect Fleicher in Romantic Moor-Romanesque style. The two towers neatly contain the divided facade, culminating in the three-sided gable.

The synagogue was an indication of the rich Jewish community in Plzen which, however, was practically decimated by the Nazis.


The new synagogue in Astana.


Spanish Synagogue


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The Great Synagogue in Plzen
The Great Synagogue (known as Velká Synagoga in Czech) in Plzeň is the world's third largest synagogue. The synagogue was built in 1892 when the Jewish community in Plzeň numbered some 2,000. It now numbers in the hundreds and the synagogue is now being restored after years of neglect under communist rule.





The Old New Synagogue in Josefov, Prague (also called the Alt-neu Shul, the Altneuschule, the Altneusynagoge , or Staronová synagoga in Czech) is Europe's oldest active synagogue.

Completed in 1270 in gothic style, it was one of Prague's first gothic buildings. It was originally called the New or Great Shul. When newer synagogues were built in the 16th century, it became known as the Old-New Synagogue. A still older synagogue, known as the Old Shul, was demolished in 1867 and replaced by another synagogue.

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Nine steps lead from the street into a vestibule, from which a door opens into a rectangular nave with six vaulted bays. Two large pillars aligned east to west in the middle of the room each support the interior corner of four bays. The bays have two narrow Gothic windows on the sides, for a total of twelve, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The narrow windows are probably responsible for many descriptions of the Altneu Shul as being dark and dingy, but it is now brightly lit, with several electric chandeliers.

The table from which Torah scrolls are read (the bimah) is located between the two pillers. The Ark (Aron Kodesh) where the Torah scrolls are stored is located in the middle of the customary east wall. There are five steps leading up to the Ark and two round stained glass windows on either side above it. A lectern in front of the ark has a square well a few inches below the main floor for the service leader to stand in.

The synagogue follows orthodox custom, with separate seating for men and women during prayer services. Women sit in an outer room with small windows looking into the main sanctuary. The framework of the roof, the gable, and the party wall date from the Middle Ages.

An unusual feature is a large flag on a standard at the west pillar bearing a Star of David, the text of Shema Yisrael, and a Jewish hat, the last a symbol of the Jewish community in Prague since the 15th century. The right to carry a flag, a symbol of community autonomy, was granted by Ferdinand II of Austria in recognition of the services of the Jews in the defense of Prague against the Swedes. The current flag was presented to the Jews by Charles VI (the flag now on display is a replica).

Golem
Acoring to legend, the Golem constructed from clay and animated by the Maharal, Rabbi Judah Low ben Bezalel, who served at the Alt-neu Shul, is stored in the synagogue's attic. A seat is reserved for the Maharal at the front of the sanctuary.

--->for anyonewho knows that ^ story about the golem , anyone who tries going upstairs , never comes down. once a guy tied a string around his ankel and the guys who stayed back pulled him out dead.




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Agoudas hakehilos, located on rue Pavee 10, is an Art Nouveau synagogue built in 1913 and designed by Hector Guimard.


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WEST LONDON SYNAGOGUE OF BRITISH JEWS



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