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Synagogue, Floor Plan

The descriptions of the Mishkan ["TabernacleGlossary Term"] and the Temple in the classicalGlossary Term Jewish sources, in the Bible itself and in the Mishneh and Rabbinical writings, inspired religious architecture beyond Judaism: the places of worship of both Christianity (churches) and Islam (mosques).

The design of the modern synagogue is derived from the classicalGlossary Term Jewish literary sources. By clicking on the links in this sectionGlossary Term, find out more about the plan of the synagogue, its furnishings and symbols, as you move through the building from the outside to the inside, and inside from vestibule to Ark - from secular to sacred space.


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