This is amazing Moorish Revival synagogue is the oldest congregation in New York City and one of the oldest in the US. Designed in 1872 by Henry Fernbach, it is similar to Budapest's Dohány Street Synagogue as it pays homage to the Jewish existence in Moorish Spain. It is quite striking with Its two domed towers, a symmetrical composition of two sentinel towers topped by copper-clad spheres with gilt decoration. It also has a beautiful great rose window and dramatic Moorish stone arches that keep the architecture as a sharp contrast to most other religious structures in the city.
The building was restored by 2001 in the original style after an accidental fire in August 1998. The marble plaques honor the firefighters of the 8th Battalion of the New York City Fire Department who really were able to save much of this National Landmark.
As a part of the renovation, a new organ was commisioned. This organ contains two very unique stops: a Trompette Shofar, that replicates the sound of the traditional shofar, used for services on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur; and a Klezmer Clarinette, believed to be the first such organ stop in the world.
A beautiful place to visit.
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