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Address: Coptic Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
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The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the...

The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the 8th century.

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Close to St. Sergius and the Hanging Church, so well worth stopping in while in the vicinity. I was on a walking tour with Emmo Tours and am very happy that they included this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015
Tucson, AZ

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This is a small synagogue in Coptic Cairo that was recently renovated by a donation from a Canadian woman. The synagogue has also been a church and has art in an Islamic style, so it is something to see in terms of art/architecture. It is reputed to be built on the place where Moses washed ashore as an infant, though... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Close to St. Sergius and the Hanging Church, so well worth stopping in while in the vicinity. I was on a walking tour with Emmo Tours and am very happy that they included this spot. Not an overly inspiring building, but significant history and legend attached to this place make it an important part of any visit to Coptic Cairo

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I love the history of this place, the place where baby Moses was found, God's planning for someone will never fail, just trusting God in all you do. We can not take a picture or video inside the Synagogue. This place is good to be visited while you are in Cairo.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I was really inspired by this place, when I went in there was a definite different feel to the place than the other churches I had previously visited. This was the place that Moses was found. The inside of the building is cool and quite peaceful, I really enjoyed being in this space. It definitely had a spiritual feel to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I suppose significant to Jews but not much to see like a one room facility. There is art in the back that I believe to be nearly 2,000 years old and that is cool. No photos allowed so visit is short. The historical significance is very interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We have been in more impressive Synagogues elsewhere (Budapest is a better example) and the ban on photos left us a bit taken aback given we were allowed to everywhere else. It was part of a walking tour through Coptic Cairo which on other reviews I have said I would leave out if pressed for time. There are much better... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We visited the Synagogue as part of our tour of Coptic Cairo and were particularly interested in the interior appearing more Islamic by nature in design. The interior is very ornate and very beautiful. I would strongly recommend visiting this lovely building. Please be aware that no interior photographs are allowed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Ben Ezra Synagogue recalls a history often forgotten in Egypt and stands as a relic of a once vibrant community. It was in this synagogue that the largest cache of medieval Jewish documents was found (and subsequently removed from its original context and community in the 19th century), a written testament to the religious pluralism once present in Egypt.... More 

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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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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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