Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Great Synagogue

Synagogue in Elizabeth Street designed by architect Thomas Rowe and consecrated in 1878. Combining elements of Byzantine and Gothic style, it is designed to accommodate up to 1,000 worshippers.

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Great Synagogue

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Built to repair the schism that had formed between Sydney's rival synagogues in York and Macquarie streets, the Great Synagogue was the most dramatic building on Elizabeth Street.