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Paradesi Synagogue

Address: Jew Town Rd | Mattancherry, Kochi (Cochin), India
Phone Number: 271628
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This temple dates back to the 16th century.
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This temple dates back to the 16th century.
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Lyon, France
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154 reviews 154 reviews
88 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

In Fort Kochi, this place is in the list to do. We visited it. It is interesting to think that dofferent religions were co existing there a long time ago, but hte architecture of this temple is really basic. Only an historical place to remind the past.

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Pune
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Was impressed with its history . Its location in Jew town was also great . Neat and clean and with lots of curio and spice shops nearby

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Glad we visited this site. Area around it is very commercialized and the shop owners are way too aggressive. It isn't pleasant shopping when this is the case

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
55 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
109 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
11 attraction reviews
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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140 reviews 140 reviews
67 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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