Year Built: 1878
Location: Sydney, Australia
Architects: Thomas Rowe, Aaron Loveridge
One only needs to turn to the ceiling of the Rowe designed Great Synagogue of Sydney to see its beauty. Following the intricately carved columns upwards to a ribbed vault that dances and leaps across the nave, or main aisle of the space, one finds a navy blue painted ceiling with stars. Mix this with crazy stonework by Loveridge that turns Hebrew into a new form of decoration and you've got yourself a killer synagogue.