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GARNETHILL SYNAGOGUE

WHERE? At the bottom end of Hill Street, just before it interjects with Garnet Street.

You would be forgiven for walking right past the Garnethill Synagogue without ever seeing it, hidden away behind a large garden of trees.

Yet concealed behind the leaves and branches is Scotland’s oldest synagogue. It opened its doors in 1879, was designed by Glasgow architect John McLeod, who was aided by Nathan Solomon Joseph, a Jewish communal leader who also helped design synagogues in Liverpool and London. The design mixes a number of styles, with the Romanesque revival exterior housing an interior with both Byzantine and Gothic influences. The synagogue was built to accommodate Glasgow’s growing Jewish community, which by the 1870s was nearing 1000 members.

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