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.