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Ben Ezra Synagogue

Coptic Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
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Ranked #63 of 156 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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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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163 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
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
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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219 attraction reviews
473 helpful votes 473 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Not a particularly special building to look at and mostly a recent reconstruction but if you have a good guide or guidebook giving you the story of the sad struggles of the Jews in Egypt and the more recent reconciliation with modern Egypt then standing outside is a good place to hear or read it. It’s just a little further... More

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