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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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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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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
37 helpful votes 37 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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62 helpful votes 62 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
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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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