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Paradesi Synagogue

Address: Jew Town Rd | Mattancherry, Kochi (Cochin), India
Phone Number: 271628
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Ranked #17 of 102 Attractions in Kochi (Cochin)
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This temple dates back to the 16th century.
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This temple dates back to the 16th century.
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Its simple quiet clean quaint ..like a place of worship should be..no tile on the floor is same.. you will see a lot of french..candian crowd and the market place arounf it is very old world..touristy and perfect for people watching and interacting with random strangers..walking around is a must

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kenya
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

tiles are to be watched out for ...intricate and beautiful designs...the synagogue is small but intimate and a briefing is given about it. visiting hours are 3-5pm ist . Remains closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. worth a visit. It was my first time inside a synagogue so made it all the more special.

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Moscow, Russia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

synagogue in india! is so unique. make sure you go there at operating hours and donate to the synagogue. there is only 6 jewish families left there!!!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A quiet place. Nice to see a place of worship in India which does not belong to any Indian community but maintained in a decent condition. It is located on an island and needs to be reached by a boat. From the shore it is at a walking distance of around 2 kms. The narrow bylanes that lead to this... More 

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Charlottetown, PEI
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

Hard not to be impressed by the 1,000+ Chinese tiles. Synagogue is small but tiles and chandeliers are worth making a short stop. No photos allowed!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We squeezed a trip here in on the Sunday morning as we departed from Kochi, it having been closed on Friday & Saturday as you would expect. I am very pleased we did so as it is an important part of Kochi's history - and inside it has some real beauty. I did not begrudge the 5 rupees entry fee!

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Bangalore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Other than the history nothing really present in this temple. Is it really worth to travel all the way to see a hall? Even the few pictures that describes jews history at the entrance is very basic. Since there is no parking facility and the approach road is very narrow, i would not recommend this place. Perhaps there is nothing... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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36 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Things to note beforehand, the synagogue has timings 10 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm and is off on fridays and saturdays. Also carry a scarf with you or you can rent it out as they request you to cover your head.footwear is not allowed. Photography isn't allowed. They have a brief history of the place... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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39 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A small synagogue with a big history. You are not allowed to take photos but trust me, the ceramic tiles and hanging lights are worth a visit alone. Fewer than 20 Jews now live in Cochi, many of whom are volunteers at the syagoguge. There is a great pamphlet to buy for 20 Rupees.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

One of the oldest synagogues in the Commonwealth, this should be on every visitor's list of places to visit in Cochin. This must have been the heart of the Jew Town back in the heyday,and a symbol of Cochin's heritage as a cultural melting pot.

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