The Great Synagogue of Cape Town is in a style which has been described as '1900-Spanish Colonial,' favoured for palatial hotels on the French Riviera.
Also popularly as 'the Gardens Synagogue,' it is a magnificent structure that has won the admiration of Jew and Gentile alike. Ideally situated in Government Avenue, and nobly conceived both in the grandeur of it's massive facade and the majesty of it's interior, it dominates the entire Gardens area, its lofty twin turrets being visible for a considerable distance in every direction.
Entering the Synagogue, the worshipper is impressed not only by its general architectural beauty but also its lovely adornments and furniture, ranging from the golden mosaic of the wide alcove to the central candelabrum suspended from the dome of the Synagogue which has been described as a 'poem in light.' Other exquisite features include the carved wooden pulpit - one of the finest of its kind - and its series of stained glass windows; displaying a loveliness of design and colouring rarely found in other sanctuaries.