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“Interesting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bevis Marks Synagogue

Bevis Marks Synagogue
Ranked #586 of 1,568 things to do in London
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Owner description: Opened in 1701, this historic place of worship is the oldest Synagogue still in use in Britain.
Corner Brook, Canada
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

A glimpse into Jewish history in London's East End. Amazing that this lovely building, modelled on its mother synagogue in Amsterdam, survived the Blitz intact. The guide was a little long-winded on Montefiore, a member of the congregation, but he knows his stuff.

Visited April 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Plain and overpriced”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Almost all places of worship around the world (unless something exceptional such as the Vatican) do not charge people for entry, charging only for optional extras such as belltowers, crypts etc. Donations can be made but are not required. Not so the Bevis Marks synagogue, where £5 is asked for. In return you are permitted entry to a plain and unimpressive small building. There are some beautiful chandeliers hanging from the high ceiling but otherwise it is utterly ordinary. It takes just a few minutes to look around, including going upstairs, and there is precious little information about the place available. I'm sure the candle-lit services are special but the chances are you will not be visiting when one of these is taking place. If entry was free then the place barely warrants a detour, and for £5 I would say give it a big miss.

Visited February 2014
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Israel
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56 reviews
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

We arrived on Sunday morning (about 11 am) in time to listen to the history of the synagogue as well as inputs of historical information that surrounds the place.

Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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196 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

This is a Sephardic synagogue that is modeled on the Israelite Synagogue in Amsterdam, which is where the original congregants came from when they were the first Jews allowed into England after Edward II expelled the Jews. There is no photography allowed inside. I got there about 10 minutes before a talk about the synagogue, which was interesting. The synagogue is located in a courtyard that is about 1 block from the building known as the Gherkin and also close to a church.

Visited June 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Ancient synagogue hidden in the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

Bevis Marks is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe and the oldest in the UK, started building in 1699.
Similar to the Wren Churches in the City, very simple design.
It is rather difficult to find, tucked away down an alley with very little signage.
Visits cost £4. Open on the weekday mornings from 10-30 am

Visited January 2012
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