Bevis Marks Synagogue

Bevis Marks Synagogue
Bevis Marks
London
City of London
EC3A 5DQ
England

Website

www.sandp.org/opening.htm

Telephone

020 7626 1274

Fax

020 7283 8825

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Situated in a secluded courtyard, Britain's oldest synagogue was opened in 1701 to serve the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation. Today it is one of the best-preserved houses of worship of its period still in regular use.

Jews were permitted to return to Britain in 1657 under Oliver Cromwell. Some of the most eminent figures of Anglo-Jewry sat at prayer in the Synagogue, such as Sir Moses Montefiore. Disraeli was born into the Congregation and there are links to the Rothschilds. Today it is regarded as the most distinguished British Synagogue.

Even though recently restored, the interior has barely changed since it was built. It is in the style of many Nonconformist chapels of the period. The influence of Sir Christopher Wren is also evident. The Synagogue has one of the finest collections of Cromwellian and Queen Anne furniture in the country, including the magnificent brass candelabra with glowing candlelight.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

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