Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue, Paris

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The Agoudas Hakehilos synagogue, at 10 rue Pavée, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, commonly referred to at the Pavee synagogue, rue Pavee synagogue, or Guimard synagogue, was erected in 1913 by the architect Hector Guimard, and inaugurated on June 7, 1914.This synagogue was commissioned by the Agoudas Hakehilos, society composed of Orthodox Jews of primarily Russian origin, headed by Joseph Landau. Its erection is a testament to the massive wave of immigration from Eastern Europe that took place at the turn of the 20th century. Funded by this wealthy Polish-Russian group it did not cost the Parisian community a centime. They intended to provide a spacious and modernized place for Jews accustomed to the intimate and often squalid shtiblakh.The furnishings as well as the stylized vegetal decorations made of staff and the cast iron railings are all creations of Hector Guimard. This was the only religious building by this architect, who was known for his Art Nouveau designs.On the evening of Yom Kippur in 1941, the building was dynamited along with six other Parisian synagogues. It was subsequently restored and was registered as a monument historique by the French authorities on June 4, 1989.
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  • This building has one of a unique kind of structure which I never saw before. Please do have a visit if you are nearby to it.  more »
  • The City's largest synagogue is located in the Jewish quarter of Mare. It was designed in the early 20TH century by architect Hector Gimar, a great architect of Art Nouveau style. In 1913 the synagogue was built and on the building there is even the mark of Gimara, which I saw. The Orthodox Jews of Russian origin were the Customers. In 1940, this majestic building was blown up by Nazi invaders. After the war the building of the synagogue was restored and added to the list of cultural monuments. Inside are not allowed, and the façade seemed to me somehow ungroomed and dirty.
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  • We visited this lovely synagogue and were warmly welcomed for Rosh Hashanah services in 2013.
  • Fine art deco building.
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