Synagogue architecture

Unlike other types of religious architecture where worship buildings often conform to consistent rules for a given architectural period such as the cruciform plan of Gothic churches, or beehive-shaped shikaras of Hindu temple architecture, dominant styles and periods are not present in the history of synagogue architecture.

Instead, synagogues have followed styles in vogue at the place and time of construction.

Even ancient synagogues show this variation — the ruined synagogue of Merom is in severe Doric style while that of Kafr Bir'im employs a Græco-Roman modification of Corinthian architectural style. Synagogues do incorporate some common features in the interior, but even that is subject to variation.

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