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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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  • From the pictures I've seen. I never got in. I went to the office door and rang the bell. A lady over the intercom asked me what I wanted and I said I was a tourist and wanted to come look around. She...  read more »
  • My auntie and I visited the synagogue the other day and we had a fantastic tour guide who explained everything we wanted to know. He talked about the different celebrations and traditions, such as a w...  read more »
  • We telephoned the synagogue to see if we could have a tour and luckily someone was able to do that. It is a very old beautiful synagogue with a lot of history but only has a very small membership now....  read more »
  • 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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