The most beautiful synagogue in Europe – our list is here.

Centers of worship, community life and history: Europe's Jewish synagogues

“In your opinion, what’s the most beautiful synagogue in Europe?” Thanks for your responses to our – absolutely impossible – question. “Absolutely impossible” because – as the following listing shows – Europe is full of magnificent temples, each with its own style of architecture and history. The styles range from Portuguese Baroque to Neo-Oriental and Jugendstyl and to Post-Modern. And the interiors! Each of them a treasure chest of works of worship!

Each of these synagogues – like the nearly 1,000 others in Europe – testifies to the survival of Judaism during the many centuries of persecution and discrimination, pogroms and the Holocaust. Each is therefore to be cherished.

Portuguese Synagogue, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Address: Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam, Netherlands 


Augsburg, Germany

Address: Halderstraße 6-8, 86150 Augsburg

Synagogue Rykestrasse, Berlin, Germany

Adress: Rykestraße 53, 10405 Berlin

Address: Oranienburger Str. 28-30, 10117 Berlin

New Synagogue Berlin - Centrum Judaicum

Dohány Street Synagogue – Budapest, Hungary

Address: Budapest, Dohány u. 2, 1074 Hungary

Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 29-31, 1075 Hungary

Kazinczy Street Synagogue – Budapest, Hungary

Grand Synagogue of Edirne, Turkey

Address: Dilaverbey, Maarif Cd. No:75, 22020 Edirne Merkez/Edirne, Turkey

Address: Via Luigi Carlo Farini, 4, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy 

Tempio Maggiore of Florence – Italy

Tempio Maggiore of Florence – Italy

Address: Via Luigi Carlo Farini, 4, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy 

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It is by no means complete. Please send us your favorite – with reports and photos of your visits there. At J.E.W.S., our goal is to build a family of appreciation of and support for Judaism in Europe and in the world. Through encounters, enjoyment and encouragement.

And please send us reports and photos of your visits to Jewish museums and quarters in Europe!