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Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool

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Princes Road Synagogue, located in Toxteth, Liverpool in England, is the home of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation. It was founded in the late 1860s, designed by William James Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley and consecrated on September 2, 1874. It is widely regarded as the finest example of the Moorish Revival style of synagogue architecture in Great Britain. Synagogues emulating its design are to be found as far afield as Sydney, Australia.HistoryPrinces Road Synagogue came into existence when the Jewish community in Liverpool in the late 1860s decided to build itself a new synagogue, reflecting the status and wealth of the community. The Toxteth area was rapidly expanding as Liverpool's magnates built opulent mansions. The synagogue stands in a cluster of houses of worship designed to advertise the wealth and status of the local captains of industry, a group that was remarkably ethnically diverse, by the standards of Victorian England. Immediately adjacent to Princes Road are the magnificent Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, the Anglican parish of St Margaret of Antioch, and a handsome, early French gothic, Welsh Presbyterian Church.The synagogue was designed by William James Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley, architect brothers from Edinburgh, and built at a cost of £14,975 8s 11d. It was consecrated on September 2, 1874. Meek describes the building as "eclectic" and states that the Princes Road Synagogue exemplifies the characteristic eclectic architecture in harmoniously blending features drawn from different styles.
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  • I'm amazed at the stunning architecture, colours and peacefulness of this building. The tour guide was informative and unbiased, answering all questions with in depth information. We were not rushed t...  more »
  • Had a thoroughly enjoyable visit to this synagogue. The inside has to be seen to be believed. You have to book in advance but I would strongly recommend a visit. The guide who showed us around told us...  more »
  • I and my wife were shown around this magnificent building by a member of the local jewish community who was acting as a guide. He was very informative. If you are visiting Liverpool don't forget to se...  more »
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  • Deserves its Grade1 listing
  • Beautiful structure inside and out. Hard to find parking on Saturday morning though!
  • Amazing interior prepare to be stunned by the beautiful colours and gold leaf.A member of the congregation gave us an informative entertaining tour ,would thoroughly recommend it .
  • I can't stand it.

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