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Ben Ezra Synagogue

Coptic Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
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Ranked #62 of 157 Attractions in Cairo
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Traveler Description: No longer used for worship, the Ben Ezra Synagogue is the oldest Jewish synagogue in Cairo.  Legends link a rock inside a shrine here with Moses, but... more »
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USA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I can't really say much more than what has already been said. It's a beautiful synagogue absolutely worth visiting while seeing everything else in Coptic Cairo. The interior is ornate and I would recommend that you tip 5 or 10 LE for visiting, although there is no enforced price of admission. Photographs of the interior are supposed to be prohibited,... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a wonderful piece of history and it's definitely worth a visit. The Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo is located behind the Hanging Church. The Synagogue was originally a Christian church, which the Coptic Christians of Cairo had to sell to the Jews in 882 AD in order to pay the annual taxes imposed by the Muslim rulers of... More

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portland, or
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

There used to be a strong jewish community in cairo prior to the Mideast wars and 1948, this is one remnant of that. Beautiful example of a Sephardic synagogue and something not to be missed while going through Coptic cairo.

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is the initial place where the baby Moses was put on the Nile to be found by the daughter of Pharaoh and started his education in order to lead the Israel people out of Egypt to go back to the Promised Land. It's a quite place to rest, especially after a long overnight flight to Cairo from Jakarta and... More

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Front Royal, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Ben Ezra Synagogue is located in what is colloquially called "Coptic Cairo" at the edge of Old Cairo on the Eastern side of the Nile. In order to reach the synagogue, you must enter Coptic Cairo from the road and work you way through the winding, narrow roads. They seem to constantly be under construction, so walk carefully. Once you... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

as a part of a Coptic Cairo tour you need to make a stop here as well. - and definately interesting to see. The church is not active but you get a good idea about a egyptian-style sunagogue. No photos allowed in here.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is a converted Church and still retains much of the Christian architecture such as the Stained Glass windows.

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

An interesting synagogue in Coptic Cairo. It was located near several other sites and made for a pleasant morning.

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

A historic place in Cairo where u can see the basket symbol of which Moses where found during his childhood where his mother puts him.

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Multan, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

I visited the Synagogue on 25 March, 2012 with my wife, just after our visit to Santa Barbara Church, located nearby. It was our last day of 2 weeks' tour and I came to Coptic Area for the third time just to see this Synagogue. On our 2 previous visits we could not locate this Ma'abad of Jews because it... More

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