Grande Synagogue of Paris

Year Built: 1874

Location: Paris, France

Architect: Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe

The Grande Synagogue of Paris, built by Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe, whose walls and apse are pierced with windows and whose center aisle is capped with a barrel vault, takes architectural inspiration from the surrounding Romanesque and Gothic churches. Unlike the churches of the 12th and 13th centuries, however, Aldrophe's creation is flooded with light, made possible by the ample rose windows and light stone interior, creating an airy, open feel to the synagogue.