|Grand Synagogue of Paris|
Façade of the Grand synagogue, rue de la Victoire
|Location||44, Rue de la Victoire, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris|
The architect was Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe (1834-1895) who also built the Versailles Synagogue and that of Enghien-les-Bains. Building commenced in 1867 and the Synagogue was inaugurated in 1874, and opened to the general public in 1875, built in the classical style, but embellished with Byzantine frills.
The inscription in Hebrew at the entrance is a verse from Genesis 28,17 : "This is none other than the House of God, the very gateway to Heaven", the same as is found on the entrance to the Synagogue of Reims (fr) and that of the Bar-le-Duc.
The interior has a number of religious inscriptions above the doors. In the choir pulpit is written in French the names of the prophets. Above the Torah Ark is engraved with the words "ה 'ניסי" ("The Lord-is-my-banner" Ex 17:15)
It also includes a series of 12 stained glass windows symbolising the Tribes of Israel.
The choir is separated from the assembly by a balustrade and the Bimah.
Facade of the synagogue
Interior of the Synagogue. Photo courtesy of the Jewish Encyclopedia
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