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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had never been inside of a Synagogue before & I like historical places.. Took a local taxi to the Synagogue from the hotel, which cost 40 dinar, about £15 between 2 of us, this included a tour of the island, the Synagogue, Guellala Museum & a local pottery, an organised tour would be so much more expensive & probably... More

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bristol UK
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is the second oldest synagogue in the world and the oldest in Africa. I loved the brightly coloured interior. Heads and shoulders need to be covered and shies removed.

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Lisbon, Portugal
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This Synagogue deserves a visit for its historically importance and beautifully decorated interior. The building itself have no architecture interest and is small sized, however its interior is richly decorated, solemn, and full of beautiful details. As a negative comment I’d point the behaviour of its employees, who are not aware of the importance and the solemnity of the place.

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What Cheer, Iowa
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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104 reviews 104 reviews
60 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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