This is the wonderful, imposing Sephardi synagogue in Cheetham Hill in Manchester. It was opened in 1874, is now grade II* listed and has been described by English Heritage as 'one of the highlights of Victorian Gothic architecture' in the UK.
The synagogue is no longer in use for worship. Cheetham Hill was once the heart of Manchester's Jewish community, but they have dispersed - just as London Jewry is no longer concentrated in the East End. Manchester is home to Britain's second biggest Jewish community after London.
The building now houses Manchester Jewish Museum, recently renovated and extended, splendidly so, and absolutely worth a visit.
The highlight is the chance to see the synagogue itself, vibrant and resplendent, and a sign of the wealth and confidence in the mid-Victorian era of Manchester's Sephardi community (so of Spanish and Portuguese origin, and including much of the Jewish community in North Africa, the Arab world and India). Take a look -
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