Liverpool is packed with architectural interest. But one particular gem I’d never been to until relatively recently is one of our finest. The Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool 8. You last saw pictures of it in the fog last week. Today, we’re going inside this magnificent gothic basilica.
It was designed by Edinburgh architect brothers, William James Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley and opened in 1874. One of its principal early benefactors was David Lewis, founder of Lewis’s department stores.
Anyway, let’s go in. Out of respect I’m not even going to try and describe the religious significance of all I’m about to show you. I’d possibly get it wrong. And anyway, my main purpose here is to make you want to go and see this lovely place for yourself. Which you can, details below.
And to visit? Here’s what they say:
“We offer pre-booked tours to adult and school groups on Mondays to Thursdays, from 10am until 3.30pm. Sunday tours are possible by special arrangement. Please contact the synagogue office to arrange a booking, 0151 709 3431.
Tours last for approximately 45 minutes, after which visitors will have a chance to browse our exhibition charting the history of the congregation and the wider Liverpool community; a donation of £4.00 per person is requested towards the upkeep of the building. Donations from schools are by arrangement.
An exhibition is included as part of the tour. Located in our synagogue annexe, this will showcase the congregation’s history of 230 years through images, artefacts and silverware.”
Much more about the Synagogue on the community’s own website.
And do go if you get the chance. Until you’ve been here, there’s an essential bit of Liverpool missing from your life.