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Address: Jew Town Rd | Mattancherry, Kochi (Cochin), India
Phone Number: 271628
Description: This temple dates back to the 16th century.
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A glimpse of the Jewish History of this part of the world

This synagogue inaugurated in 1568 is the oldest synagogue in the British Commonwealth. Founded by Jews who had chosen to settle in Cochin after the expulsion from Spain and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Havana, Cuba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This synagogue inaugurated in 1568 is the oldest synagogue in the British Commonwealth. Founded by Jews who had chosen to settle in Cochin after the expulsion from Spain and Portugal as well as rich merchants from the Middle East, the architecture and lay out is unique to the Kerala Synagogues as there are many more around this part of the... More 

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Kolkata
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Its a Jewsih prayer hall made around 200 yrs back. Not much beyond seeing the paintings and praying (which I am sure helps)

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Bhopal, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The synagogue shed some light on how Jews populated Kochi and the city became what it is today. Loved to see the history rolling. The street is full of Antique shops. Liked to roam around there.

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North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is important to raise awareness of the Jewish diaspora in Kerala. The building is nicely arranged with the ark of Torah scrolls in front, the bema for speaker, side benches, the balcony in back for women, and artistic Chinese floor tiles. A short written explanation would have been nice. A side room offers panels of historical development of community,... More 

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Alor Setar, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The interior is plain and basic. Chinese tiles lined the floor. Photography is not allowed inside. Five rupees for the admission.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

it was a very small museum in the small streets of jew town and only few pictures were there nothing much to see and no photography was allowed in there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Beautiful small synagogue looked after by a small and dwindling population of Jews in Kochi. The Chinese tiles and the story of their arrival is fascinating. Ms. Cohen- one of the few remaining Jews in Kochi takes the money for entry- not much interest in engaging in conversation with tourists though. A brochure and post cards are available for a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Whilst the building itself was rather plain and basic at first sight, once you learned of the history and current status it was a fascinating insight in to the history of the Jews in this area. So much so, I have come home and looked up a book on the topic - and I don't like history!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

A historical sacred place, with a beautiful interior and still in use for the small Jewish community in Cochin.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The Synagogue is indeed a national heritage. Be sure to meet Sarah Cohen the oldest living White Jew in the Jewish Quarter. She loves to talk and can give you a sense of history

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