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El Ghriba Synagogue

Er-Riadh (Harah Sghira), Djerba Island, Tunisia
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Type: Religious Sites
Description: The most ancient Jewish community in Tunisia supposedly dates back to 586 BCE.
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What Cheer, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited Djerba and we were interested in visiting the synagogue to learn about its history. Unfortunately all we met were hostile, rude GI Joe looking guys that had no interest in visitors. The first things you see when you pull up in a car are ugly concrete barricades and guard shacks. I suppose there's a synagogue... More

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Albany, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The one thing we wanted most to do on Djerba Island in Tunisia was to visit El Ghriba, a beautiful synagogue with an extremely long history that was the scene of a deadly terrorist attack in 2002. We read the accounts you see here about how fabulous it is. The place simply does not come close to those accounts. It... More

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Paarl, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

It's very difficult to give words to this experience. It's not a particularly old synagogue but if it's history, or rather, the history of the site is true, it is very old indeed. I found the interior fascinating and detailed; some say kitsch but I don't think I necessarily agree. It has a spiritual feel although it feels new, yet... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This has to be one of the most moving experiences we have ever had. It is a beautiful working synagogue and we were made welcome and felt privileged to have been allowed to visit such an historic site. We were unaware at the time of our visit that the synagogue had been the target of terrorists in 2002. We were... More

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Amadora, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This synagogue is really small, but is beautiful inside. As part of the tradition, you need to leave the shoes at the entrance and walk barefooted which countributes to the experience

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Carshalton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We are glad we went. It is very small, but the interior is amazing ,full of beautiful tiles and decor. If you are into history and culture, you must go there!

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Enfield, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We went here as part of our tour of Djerba was a nice Synagogue but the tour guide kept calling it a Jewish Mosque which could have been a bit offensive for any Jewish people on the tour

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Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Very interesting location; also the perfect place to remember those who got killed by stupid terrorism!

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York, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Definitely go if you are nearby. We loved the atmosphere and the decor, particularly the tiling. Ladies, don't forget your shawl for head covering.

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Tunis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Worth visiting to discover the jewish holiest place in the country..A place where pilgrimage is taking place every year...Visits possible except for Saturdays, (closed starting from Friday around sunset). You have to remove shoes and cover head with headscarf for women and with a hat for men..

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