The round synagogue on Somerton Road in Belfast, dedicated in 1964, has been listed as one of the city’s historic buildings.
It is one of 19 newly listed buildings for Belfast announced this week by the Northern Ireland Executive, which said the synagogue’s unique circular design “influenced modern synagogues across the UK.”
Designed by the architectural firm Yorke, Rosenberg, Mardell, the synagogue has ceiling beams that form a star of David — see also on the roof. There is no women’s gallery, but separate raised sections for women, separated from the main part of the sanctuary by a railing.
Speaking of all the listed buildings, Northern Ireland Executive Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan said in a statement: “The listing of these buildings is a welcome boost for this city. It recognises the rich and important cultural, historical and architectural tapestry of Belfast’s buildings. Some of the buildings now listed are familiar architectural gems in Belfast’s skyline. Others are much less prominent in our streetscape, but are very important because of their historical significance.”