Synagogues: Marvels of Judaism by Leyla Uluhanli - review by Sharman Kadish

Sharman Kadish

Houses of the Holy

Synagogues: Marvels of Judaism


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‘The most significant volume on synagogue architecture and design to date,’ runs the dust jacket blurb, throwing down a challenge that no reviewer worth her salt could resist. This is a lavish book, in large format, printed on thick, glossy paper and packed with colour photographs. The images come from many sources and some of the photographers travelled to inhospitable places to get their shots. The book’s cover is finished in silver paper, which is not quite as shiny as the silver double spreads that mark the breaks between each chapter. This is a luxurious production indeed.

Synagogues: Marvels of Judaism is a companion volume to Mosques: Splendors of Islam, published by Rizzoli in 2017. Both books name Leyla Uluhanli as their author. In fact, most of their texts consist of contributions by specialists in Islamic and Judaic studies, as well as practising architects and designers.

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