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Grand Choral Synagogue, St. Petersburg

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We were surprised to see such a big synagogue in St Petersburg, taking into account the size of the local jewish community. It is a typical sephardic temple, not especially beautiful. Funny arrangemen...  read more »
  • Sometimes called St Petersburg Synagogue (perhaps because it’s the only one remaining), Grand Choral Synagogue is the second largest is Europe, following Dohány Synagogue (Great Synagogue) in Budapest...  read more »
  • Traveled to St. Petersburg in December last year. It so happened that on the trip had to be the start of Hanukkah. Visiting the synagogue site and found that one of the evenings will be held a big celebration-a solemn ignition spark, concert performances and boys stars. It was just great! Maksim Leonidov, and JAZID American Abraham Fried. The synagogue itself is just beautiful-majestic architecture, very interesting story, intimate atmosphere. We will be glad to go there ever again!
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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.
  • 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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  • They have a roof via instagram!
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