Inside the Princes Road Synagogue
Grade I listing for synagogue
Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue has been awarded Grade I listing following a review of the city's buildings.
The splendour of Liverpool's Princes Road synagogue has been recognised with Grade I listed status.
The lavish interior
The synagogue, previously a Grade II listed building, has been given the status following a survey of buildings in Liverpool.
Built by the acclaimed Audsleybrothers in the 1870's the synagogue is now placed alongside some of the country’s most architecturally and historically important buildings.
Princes Road Synagogue is the 27th building in Liverpool to be awarded Grade I status, less than 2% of listed buildings are Grade I.
Constructed between 1872 and 1874 the building originally cost £15,000 and replaced a smaller synagogue on Seel Street.
The building was upgraded to Grade I because it was deemed to have one of the finest 'cathedral synagogues' in Europe and displays external design and a lavish interior that represents the growing self-confidence of the Jewish community in England in the mid-late 19th century and their new-found freedom of self-expression.
The buildings position as part of a group of religious buildings in the area which includes the Grade II listed Welsh Presbyterian Church, St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and St Margaret’s of Antioch Church contributed to its status.
Also important was the synagogue's strong musical tradition that influenced others worldwide due to its first choirmaster Abraham Saqui.
Other Grade I listed buildings in the city include the Royal Liver Building, St George’s Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, Albert Dock and Bluecoat Chambers.
For a map of all of Liverpool’s listed buildings click on the link below
last updated: 30/04/2008 at 17:26