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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 8th...

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

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One of the few preserved Jewish Synagogues in Egypt. Or the only one. But worth the trip. On the plus side there is history.. A must see. Especially for the religious.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hani Y. I

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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Traveling with a child and being able to see mosoques, churches and synagogues all next to each other is really incredible (ok, worth it without children too)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the few preserved Jewish Synagogues in Egypt. Or the only one. But worth the trip. On the plus side there is history.. A must see. Especially for the religious.

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Thank Hani Y. I
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although it is hard to believe today, Cairo used to be a center of Judaism. Now, sadly, there are very few Jews in Cairo despite the peace accord between Israel and Egypt. This synagogue has been lovingly restored and is a highlight to any trip to Cairo. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed. There is (relatively) tight security to get in.

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Thank dmittleman
Wooster, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Ben Ezra Synagogue sits immediately adjacent to and as a part of Coptic Cairo and next to an important Islamic Mosque. Seen with these other parts of the Egyptian religious community provides depth and context to Egyptian culture, both from an historical perspective and as an insight into current conditions. Although the synagogue is not currently in use, it... More 

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Thank drwiz
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Part of the religion compound. You see mosques, churches and temple in the same area. You can go to all nearby places walking. Nice to see the decoration in the temple which used to be a church before. I would recommend visiting while you are in Egypt.

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Thank Ashraf H
Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Once was a Synagogue, then a church, then a synagogue, then complete ruins, then beautifully renovated and now collapsing again. No one really takes care of it. Antiquities are not interested, and the Jewish community in Cairo is almost dead, and the place is neglected except for the tousrists to Egypt.

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Thank Sherif S
Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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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Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 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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Thank Lita_Kim
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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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