Grand Choral Synagogue, St. Petersburg

One of the largest synagogues in Europe, Grand Choral Synagogue features a lavish interior and exterior ornamentation. With the capacity to accommodate 1,200 guests, it boasts the status of both a national landmark and an architectural monument of federal importance. Standing 47 m (154 ft) tall, the building dominates the area's landscape. Built using Moorish decorative techniques in 1888, it remains flawlessly preserved. Inside you'll see brightly colored walls, polished pillars, and highly detailed oval ceilings. Pay particular attention to the stained-glass windows and decorative arches, some of which are suspended without supporting pillars. Contact the site in advance if you want to reserve a guided tour. For Grand Choral Synagogue and beyond, use our St. Petersburg trip planner to get the most from your St. Petersburg vacation.
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  • We stop here as part of our tour. The people at the synagogue were very helpful. It has been beautifully restored.  more »
  • The synagogue itself is very beautiful and well worth a visit. The cafe provides excellent coffee and the most delicious cherry strudel!  more »
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  • Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg is the third largest one in Europe. Splendid both inside and outside its building is over 120 years old. Once a year, on International Museum Day, the Synagogue is opened for all visitors during the night, when they hourly run comprehensive tours free of charge. I've been there thrice and every time tours were guided by the same orthodox Jew, strikingly charismatic - he's going to make you fall about laughing. Sometimes excursions are added by a performance. You also can pop in their kosher cafe.
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