Istanbul Travel Guide

Ashkenazi Synagogue of Istanbul

  • Ashkenazi Synagogue

  • The synagogue looks like a church

  • The synagogue was constructed by the Ashkenazi Jews who came to Istanbul from Austria

The synagogue was constructed by the Ashkenazi Jews who came to Istanbul from Austria. The architect was Gabriel Tedoschi. The financial support to the construction of the synagogue was given by Herman Goldenberg. The synagogue was opened to service in 1900.

This synagogue was one of the three Ashkenazi synagogues in Istanbul. The exterior facade of the building is very western. The synagogue looks like a church. The second floor of the exterior facade has a big arch in the middle and two smaller arches on the sides. There is a dome on the roof very visible from the outside of the synagogue, in the middle of the roof.

The entrance floor is used as the main praying floor of the synagogue. There are four more floors under the entrance floor. The first floor below the entrance floor was used as the dining room. There is a small closet in this room used as an Ehal, a desk used as a Tevah. The last two floors were used as the morgue of the Ashkenazi Synagogue.

The Ehal made from ebony tree was donated by the Austrian businessman Carl.At the entrance of the synagogue, on top of the stairs, a marble tag in the memory of Austrian King Joseph 1st's visit in 1900.

Useful Information for Ashkenazi Synagogue of Istanbul

Address Yüksek Kaldirim Cd No:27, Karaköy/Istanbul
Fast Facts You can visit the synagogues only by prior reservation via the offices of the Chief Rabbinate (0 212 293 87 94). You should make reservations during office hours (Mon-Thu: 9:30-17:00; Fri.: 9:30-13:00) and at the least 24 hours before your planned visit. Make sure to have the passport numbers of the people planning to attend the visit and their full names at hand while making the reservation. Also, carry your passport with you for security checks during your visits to all synagogues.