In the heart of Le Marais, Paris Jewish neighborhood, stands the Synagogue des Tournelles. Its construction goes back to the late 19th century. It’s been built by Marcellin Varcollier, one of Balatard’s student (Baltard being the architect of the Pavillons des Halles in Paris), in a Roman-Byzantine style.
Outside, visitors can admire the tripartite façade, its large aches, its Corinthian ribbed pilasters and its Torah scrolls sculpted on both sides of its beautiful rose window. But the most interesting part can be found inside.
Indeed, the Synagogue des Tournelles is adorned with a wonderful metallic and visible framework created by Gustave Eiffel! It also has the particularity of covering two floors. During your visit, don’t forget to have a go in the nave in which you can find the Holy Ark protected by a wrought iron door.
Along the year, the Synagogue des Tournelles welcomes the Jews from Alsace and Lorraine after the lost of these territories in 1871, then Jews from Poland, Russia and Central Europe.
If you want to visit this beautiful synagogue, there’s no problem since tours are free. Enjoy your visit!
Synagogue des Tournelles
21bis Rue des Tournelles
75004 Paris 4