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El Ghriba Synagogue

Er-Riadh (Harah Sghira), Djerba Island, Tunisia
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The most ancient Jewish community in Tunisia supposedly dates back to 586 BCE.
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The most ancient Jewish community in Tunisia supposedly dates back to 586 BCE.

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Carthage, Tunisia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a not to be missed spot in Djerba; especially interesting to those who want to know more about the complex nature of Tunisian history and society.

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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

An amazing experience to be in a old very beautiful that belongs to a Jewish community that has been on Djerba Island since the destruction of the First Temple in 536 BCE. A a very beautiful synagogue with amazing architecture, tiles and and blue color. Beautiful wood bima and hanging lamps, filled with olive oil.

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Lakewood, Ohio
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109 reviews 109 reviews
33 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

took quick tour of the Synagogue, was very nice and work the visit, Both Men and Women need to cover your heads and remove shoes to enter, 1 Dinar is paid for Post Card and that is your admission. Worth a visit.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is a gorgeous building, stunning to look around and well worth the visit! So lovely to walk around. You can do the whole synagogue in 15-20 mins and it is worth a visit. The hotel attached for the pilgrimages is interesting and we were given a blessing which was a nice touch! Make sure you take change as entry... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My daughter and I visited the synagogue yesterday morning and before we were able to get into the main area our bags were checked in a secure area. As I am aware of the terror attack in April 2002 I didn't expect different. Walking towards the building we got friendly greeted by several men belonging to the national guards. As... More 

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Peso da Régua
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8 reviews 8 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Interesting and very well cared for. It has a decoration at all unexpected for a synagogue. A very important place to the huge number of existing Jews in Tunisia, particularly in Djerba. It is quite revealing of the importance of Judaism in North Africa

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Budapest, Hungary
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was very excited to see the synagogue on Djerba island. It is located somewhat outside of the urban areas, in a quiet place near Houmt Souk. Nicely maintained white building and very colorful interior, Jewish traditions and faith, with a touch of North Africa, this is the El Ghriba Synagogue. Very very unique. They ask you to take the... More 

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Hampshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Met by grumpy old man who just pointed at our shoes with a grunt - then at a pile of coins to indicated we had to give him some - which he pocketed - and then he disappeared. No guidance notes no guide - we came away knowing nothing about the place.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

El Ghriba is a beautiful old synagogue and a important place of pilgrimage for Jews across North Africa and World wide. A very interesting place to visit and not on the usual daily coach trips. Wonderful to see a side of Djerban culture away from the usual tourist traps. Just take a taxi from your hotel, it's very easy and... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited this synagogue in a excursion by operator. At the entry, you have to put off your shoes and women have to cover her head with a scarf. Inside, you can see a beautiful architecture and mosaics. There is a minimum fee to pay (1 dinar). Outside, you can also see a type of hostel very typical.

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