Quick Facts on the Great Synagogue
- Short URL
- Great Synagogue Great Synagogue, Rome Tempio Maggiore
- Lungotevere Cenci 15 Rome, Lazio00186
- Main date(s)
- 41.891950° N,
- Opening hours
- Jun-Sep: Sun-Thu 10-7, Fri 10-4
Oct-May: Sun-Thu 10-5, Fri 9-2
- 13 April 1986
- First papal visit to a synagogue
Description of the Great Synagogue
Designed by Vincenzo Costa and Osvaldo Armanni, the eclectic style of the Tempio Maggiore makes it stand out even in a city known for notable buildings and structures. It has been described both as Art Deco and "Assyrian Babylonian."
The attention-grabbing design was a deliberate choice made by the community at the time who wanted the building to be a visible celebration of their freedom and to be seen from many vantage points in the city. The dome is the only squared dome in the city and makes the building easily identifiable even from a distance.
The Synagogue, which celebrated its centenary in 2004, is more than just a house of worship; it also serves as a cultural and organizational center for la Comunita Ebraica di Roma (the Jewish community of Rome). It houses the offices of the Chief Rabbi of Rome and the Jewish Museum of Rome.
October 27, 2011
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