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Grand Choral Synagogue, St. Petersburg
(4.6/5 based on 100+ 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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  • 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 »
  • Sometimes in this majestic building open days are organised. It is worth to go these days, you can pass in all the rooms, listen to lectures about the history of the building of the Jewish community of St. Petersburg.
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  • 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.
  • 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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