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Grand Choral Synagogue, St. Petersburg
(4.7/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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 »
  • Was very surprised to learn that in St. Petersburg every year the day of open doors in the great choral synagogue. In Europe there is no such thing. Of course I agreed to go. Very beautiful building. This is one of the largest synagogues in Europe, the 3000 seats. Everything was very well organized. The Rabbi answered questions about the history of the building, told about the traditions of the Jewish community worked restaurant and Café. Surprised that it was possible to photograph, no prohibitions. Yes, and said that coming to the synagogue not only open doors, doors for everyone, regardless of religion, are open always.
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  • 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 »
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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.
  • Was once on the open day. It was very interesting to learn firsthand about the customs, traditions of this people! The synagogue is extraordinary beautiful both outside and inside. Very cozy and spiritually)
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  • Liked it! Inside is very cozy, nicely. Visited with excursion, I want something to go alone) there is a cafe kaširnoe, shops with souvenirs and kaširnoj food.
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