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Grand Choral Synagogue, St. Petersburg

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One of the largest synagogues in Europe, Grand Choral Synagogue features a lavish interior and exterior ornamentation. With the capacity to accommodate 1,200 guests, it boasts the status of both a national landmark and an architectural monument of federal importance. Standing 47 m (154 ft) tall, the building dominates the area's landscape. Built using Moorish decorative techniques in 1888, it remains flawlessly preserved. Inside you'll see brightly colored walls, polished pillars, and highly detailed oval ceilings. Pay particular attention to the stained-glass windows and decorative arches, some of which are suspended without supporting pillars. Contact the site in advance if you want to reserve a guided tour. Add Grand Choral Synagogue and other attractions to your St. Petersburg trip itinerary using our St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker.
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  • We surveyed the impressive interior and were then treated to an excellent historical brief by the Synagogue Rabbi. To top our visit off the Rabbi sang a peaceful prayer. His singing voice was beautifu...  more »
  • Our visit to the Choral Synagogue was actually in September 2015 on the eve of Rosh Hashana (early in the day). In addition to hearing from the Rabbi about the history of the Shul, we were treated to ...  more »
  • Not very centrally located but quite in city center. It is built in Moorish style bricks externally. When visiting the main hall it is suggested to climb by speps to the upper level at weman's sitting...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful synagogue near the Mariinsky Theater. Worth a visit to see architecture from inside and out, as well as the Jewish shop next door. Free entry.
  • Big and beautiful synagogue. Functioned all the Soviet time. Must see, not only if you are interested with the Jewish heritage, but for everybody.
  • Beautiful restoration of 1890's synagogue.
  • Beautiful architecture! Excellent shop in cozy far corner of the yard at a small synagogue. Recommend buying Kosher products there. Success!
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  • The Coral Synagogue (Синагога Санкт-Петербургская Большая Хоральная) in 1893 (II). Alexander I of Russia, was built on Saposnyikov and l. v. Bahman, based on Sztaszov and n. Benua, under the supervision of architects. In his time in Budapest (3000 seats), 1200 férőhelyével is the second largest Synagogue in Europe. Currently, the largest Synagogue in Russia. The Oriental, Moorish-style Jewish istenház keep (!) as a Stalinist times and survived the World War II. destruction of World War II. The typical terakotta-red csikozású, original appearance was in 2005. The great synagogue and kosher restaurant épülettömbben connector, there is a grocery store and a school also works since 1991.
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