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Paradesi Synagogue

Address: Jew Town Rd | Mattancherry, Kochi (Cochin), India
Phone Number: 271628
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Kochi Half-Day City Tour
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This temple dates back to the 16th century.
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Bangalore, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We went on a friday and it was closed. :-( CLOSED ON FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND JEWISH HOLIDAYS Vehicles are not allowed to go upto the entrance. The road leading to the entrance is very small. THere are lots of shops along the road. The Dutch palace is quite near to the Synagogue. Its at a walkable distance. Even the Dutch... More

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Rawatbhata, India
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54 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It is the oldest active synagogue. Constructed in 1567, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is "foreigners", applied to the synagogue because it was built by Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews, some of them from families... More

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UK
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Although visited by many people, this ancient synagogue with its beautiful tiled floor and a multitude of old lamps is well worth visiting. It is a shame that photography is not permitted.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The history of this small Synagogue is fascinating. Definitely stop by and see it if in Kochi. There is a short visual display on the history of the Jews in this city from why they landed there through to when the city was founded

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It was drizzling. Our car was not allowed to move after Dutch Palace. Half walk, half run – we reached the Paradesi Synagogue. Bought the tickets, entered the first room and then taking off our shoes we entered the main building. It was a miniature trip. We felt that had there be a guide, we could surely experience more, could... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The tiles in the synagogue looks like same, but actually it was not. There is some minor difference in each tile/it's picture. Watch carefully....

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MUMBAI
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Paradesi Jewish synagogue is an ancient place of workship built by Jews from Europe in 1568. Its very well maintained and has artefacts from Belgium, China and Italy. The synagogue is managed by a Jewish lady.

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visit if you're in Fort Cochin. It's only the one building but it's packed with history and feels as such. Closed on the Sabbath.

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Gurgaon, India
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Its a small temple which lets you appreciate the Jewish history in Kerala (in India infact)... you can read through the history and you will be done. With a token Rs10 as a fee..its worth visiting if you are in the area. If you hire a guide then its probably more informative..

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It wasn't like any synagogue I had been in. I wasn't given a skullcap to cover my head so I got my hat out of the bag. More of a museum really though I am sure it still gets used. I talked to the guy in the entrance about why I had to take my shoes off and it was... More

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