After visiting Paris churches and resting in the gardens of the Great Mosque of Paris, how about strolling on by visiting synagogues? Follow the guide to discover the most beautiful synagogues in Paris!
The Grand Synagogue of Paris, as it name suggests it, is the biggest synagogue in the French capital. Also called the Synagogue de la Victoire, it was built during the Second Empire. At that time, the Jewish community in Paris doubles and needs new places of worship. Built between 1867 and 1874 in a neo-Byzantine style, the Synagogue de la Victoire features large arches, a beautiful rose window and an impressive semi-circular tympanum.
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. The Synagogue des Tournelles is adorned with a wonderful metallic and visible framework created by Gustave Eiffel!
The Synagogue de Nazareth is the oldest synagogue in Paris. Its construction is authorized in 1819 by Louis XVIII but falls into ruin. A new synagogue is built by architect Alexandre Thierry and inaugurated in 1852. The massive door of this beautiful synagogue of neo-Moorish style is topped with a flat and crenelated pediment, a clock, a rose window with the Star of David and the motto of the French Republic.
The Synagogue de la Rue Pavée is 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.
In the 19th century, the community of Portuguese Jews needs a new place of worship. It’s decided to build a synagogue designed to welcome then and it’s Stanislas Ferrand who has been assigned to the blueprints. The architect decides to build the Buffault Synagogue in a Roman-Byzantine style. Outside, a façade made of two concentric circles, a gothic style rose window and a pediment topped by the Tablets of Stone welcome curious people and faithful.
Enjoy your visit!