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  Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, OH
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      Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, OH
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  • Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati
      Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, OH
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A truly outstanding example of historic religious architecture in Cincinnati would have to include the beautiful Isaac M. Wise Temple, located on Plum Street. This is one of the oldest existing synagogs in the USA, having been dedicated in 1866. The congregation dates back to German jewish immigration during the 1840's. Wikipedia describes the wonderful mix of architectural styles well:

This building was constructed by James Keys Wilson with a 19th century Germanic architectural style that blended the Neo-Byzantine architecture and Moorish Revival style derived from the architecture of Moorish Spain. The style of the synagogue, including the tripartite, twin-domed facade, was copied from the Leopoldstädter Tempel, built in Vienna, Austria, in 1853.

The temple has a tripartite facade, rose window and a basilica style arch, similar to a Gothic Cathedral, but its Islamic influences are visible in its minarets and other details.
Plum Street is notable for having been the first of many American Moorish Revival synagogues. All examples of similar architecture in Germany were destroyed by Hitler, although many examples survive in other parts of Europe.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_M._Wise_Temple

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  • Written May 31, 2011
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