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“Beautiful Synagogue in Manhattan”
Review of Central Synagogue

Central Synagogue
Reviewed 28 August 2014

A beautiful building with amazing architectural detail. Originally built in 1872 and then rebuilt after a destructive fire in 1998, it is a designated historic landmark which is why it landed on my radar. I know very little about Judaism and my visit to this synagogue was educational. This synagogue is only open at specific times so check the website before you go. On Wednesdays there is a docent led tour in the afternoon which I took.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

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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Reviewed 26 May 2014

The green and gold copulas are seen from afar. this is the most beautiful synagogue I have seen besides the one in Budapest.
The inside is such a treat. although quite dark, it is breath taking and worth while coming to see it .

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Reviewed 18 July 2017
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