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The Great Synagogue of Gibraltar, also known as Kahal Kadosh Sha'ar HaShamayim ( ), is located in the British overseas territory of Gibraltarmarker, and was the first synagogue on the Iberian Peninsulamarker to operate since the expulsions from Spainmarker and Portugalmarker in 1492 and 1497 respectively.

History

Sha'ar HaShamayim Synagogue was founded in 1724 by Isaac Nieto from Londonmarker. It was inaugurated in 1724 on a plot of land granted to the Jews by the then Governor of Gibraltar, Richard Kane. Having been rebuilt several times, the present building largely dates from 1812 and shares features in common with the parent Spanish and Portuguese Amsterdam Esnogamarker (1675) and Bevis Marks Synagoguemarker (1701). The facade of the two-and-a-half-story, domestic-scale building features round-arched windows flanking a round-arched doorway.

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