Ceremonies June 22 and a series of concerts June 23-25 are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the great synagogue in Lyon, France.
A neo-Byzantine building whose street facade (at 13, quai Tilsitt, on the Saône River) resembles a stately mansion, the synagogue was designed by the architect Abraham Hirsch and built in 1863-64. It was placed on the list of historic monuments in 1984 and underwent renovations completed this year.
Here’s a French television video report about the synagogue and anniversary:
Today, about 40,000 Jews live in and around Lyon, using some 35 synagogues and prayer houses.