The Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue in Paris

The Synagogue set in Paris rue Pavée intrigues. You can’t walk by it without noticing the undulations of its Art Nouveau façade.

Have you ever been in Le Marais wondering what’s this curious Art Nouveau building is in rue Pavée? I bet you’ll never guess but it’s the Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue also known as the Synagogue de la Rue Pavée.

It’s the one and only Art Nouveau building in Le Marais. Built in the heart of the Jewish neighborhood in 1913 at the instigation of the Russian-Polish association Agoudas Hakehilos, the Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue is the work of architect Hector Guimard master in the Art Nouveau movement.

And the least we can say is that this façade is intriguing. Undulating, it gives a weird impression of height to the building despite the fact the latter is stuck between two buildings. The many and narrow windows and the vegetal patterns contribute to the originality of the Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue.

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And Guimard didn’t stop with the façade! He’s also at the origin of the whole decoration inside: cast iron handrail, woodworks, benches, chandeliers, light and stylish vegetal décor are all made by him. The Synagogue owes its indoor lighting to the light from the large glass roof. Inaugurated in 1914, the synagogue is listed a historical monument in 1989.

The Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue can be visited upon request, so don’t hesitate!

Manon C.
Last updated on 16 August 2018

Practical information

Location

10 Rue Pavée
75004 Paris 4

Prices
Free

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