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Address: Coptic Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Description: The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the 8th...
The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the 8th century.
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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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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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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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Mount Jackson, 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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