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November 5, 2013 2:12 pm

The 50 Most Stunning Synagogues on the Planet (PHOTOS)

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Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Photo: Wikipedia.

Synagogues offer a platform for creative interpretation, best exemplified in a slideshow published by the Huffington Post of “50 Stunning Synagogues and Temples From Around the World.”

A source of inspiration to architects ranging from Stanley Saitowitz (the award-winning Beth Sholom Synagogue in San Francisco) to its namesake in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Beth Sholom Congregation, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, these structures are among the most beautiful and inspiring in the world.

The slideshow highlights the contrast in styles — and sizes — between the various synagogues across the globe. From a quaint, modern art-lined Soho interior, to the gothic lines of the Szeged Synagogue in Szeged, Hungary, Jewish temples abide by no steadfast principles–accept where beguiling aesthetics are concerned.

View the slideshow here.

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  • Kris Kristian

    It would have been informative, if you wrote which synagogues are orthodox, Conservative and Reform.
    Also, where are these synagogues?
    I live in Cape Town South Africa.The Gtreat Synagogue in Cape Town, must be one of THE most beautiful synagogues in the world.
    I could not find it in your slide show.

  • Alon

    STUNNING!!!! Thank you

    Alon

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