Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue

Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue

Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue
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Joji J
Kochi (Cochin), India3,054 contributions
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Dec 2019
The Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue is one of the eight Jewish synagogues built in Kerala and is believed that it was constructed in 1614 AD. All the eight synagogues have similar traditional architectural features like the central bimah of brass or silver metal on a concrete or stone base, an ark on the western wall, a balcony above the eastern entry, a women's gallery behind the balcony etc. The synagogue is maintained by the archeology department. To the back side of the synagogue we can see the Jewish graves and a Jewish Woman's grave is believed to be of 1264 AD. The remains of Vypeenkotta seminary, the Jewish cemetery etc can be seen nearby. I visited this synagogue in 1989 but that time it was not maintained properly but now I see that it's maintained properly and more people visit the synagogue. Those who are interested to study the history of the Jewish and Portuguese community, the communal harmony prevailing in the past etc will find the synagogue and the area very interesting.
Written January 22, 2020
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Ellemay 🍹🐠🐳
Sydney, Australia47,263 contributions
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Nov 2019 • Couples
The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568 and is one of the oldest in India. It’s located at the end of Jew Street in Jew Town. It was built by the Jewish community after they fled Israel . It’s very interesting inside with blue willow patterned floor tiles and overhanging chandelier s. There is no fee required and shoes to be removed before entry. Photography is not allowed.
Written November 18, 2019
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SURAJ KALATHINGAL
Kochi (Cochin), India6,058 contributions
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Jan 2019
This also know as Paradesi Synagogue , is the oldest activesynagogue in the Kerala.It was constructed in 1567. It is one of seven synagogues in the kingdom of kochi.
Written March 13, 2019
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doctor-indyeah
Mumbai, India723 contributions
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Sep 2012 • Couples
Cochin Jewish Synagogue, Mattanchery Jewish Synagogue, Paradesi Synagogue... There are many names to this place which evokes a kind of "Loneliness" in you. An old man sitting in front of the church has a look in his deep eyes that he's the last one. The rest have left Kerala for their Blessed Land.

This was the oldest active synagogue in Common Wealth Countries. The lady who manages the synagogue, Yaheh Hallegua will tell you the pain that they take to arrange for "Minyans" or gatherings for rituals. They contacts Jewish tourists to help them out to fulfill the quorum.

The Synagogue walls are painted with natural paint paintings, which illustrates the past of Jewish community in Kerala. The floor is of ages old Chinese Porcelain. The synagogue houses the Scrolls of Law, Some old Chandeliars, Oriental rug presented by an Ethiopian Emperor and some old furnitures.

It takes half an hour for the whole visit.

DO NOT TOUCH THE WALLS!!!

The place is shut down for many days a month. Hence before going to Fort Kochi, contact your tour ioperator to confirm whether it's open.
Written January 3, 2013
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sapnakapoor
India910 contributions
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Sep 2012 • Family
It is in old part of jewish part of Cochin town. Synagogue is accessed through a clean cobble street and on both sides of it there are shops selling different items for tourists. Some of the shopkeeper are very sticky and constantly pressurize people to come inside shop.
You have to buy ticket of 5 Inr to enter the synagogue and person on ticket counter accept only exact amount for tickets. If you give bigger currency note, he will refund you and refuse to give you ticket. So, its better to give exact amount to avoid any conflict.
There is a young lady, who takes care of the place and give to brief introduction of the place.
You have to remove your shoes before entering. Bags and umbrellas are also not allowed inside the prayer hall and you have to keep these outside. Camera is also not allowed inside and you have to deposit it at ticket counter.
The main hall is not very big (If you compare with the churches all over India). There are few benches for sitting. Floor is made of blue and white designed tiles, its most interesting part. There are paintings on the walls. A big chandelier is hanging inside the hall.
There is nothing spectacular about this place and one can avoid it but if you had never been to a synagogue before then its worth visiting to have a different kind of experience.
Written March 19, 2013
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vincejos
Chennai (Madras), India73 contributions
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Oct 2011 • Family
A wonderful experience of Jewish customs, religious rituals reminding you of Biblical History of the Old Testament times - for a traveler who cannot make it to Israel. With all the limited resources available with the committee the synagogue is beautiful with the ancient marble flooring, balcony where women could attend mass. The street leading to the Synagogue is also reminiscent of ancient times.
Written September 4, 2012
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Rakesh N
North Goa District, India163 contributions
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Dec 2017
Build in 1614 and renovated several times thence, the Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue is one of the oldest and, perhaps, the first of its kind in India. It has survived the ravages of time and stands about 18 kilometers from Aluva - a beach destination off Ernakulam/Cochin, in Kerala.
The synagogue did not have any visitors when we visited it. Being the only visitors, the caretakers were able to give us maximum time, answer all our questions and clarify most of our doubts. The place has been well maintained, although much more can be done to preserve this heritage site.
Written November 7, 2018
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Vinod Ponoth
Kochi (Cochin), India202 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Solo
This place is located in the state of Kerala. It is about an hour and half by bus from Kochi. Very near to the Kottayil Kovilakom bus stop is the Synagogue. The present structure was re-built around AD 1614, however it is said that the earlier one was built around AD 1420, so one of the oldest synagogue’s in the world. Surprisingly there is no reference of this synagogue in Wikipedia, although there is a reference of the Pardesi Synagogue(built AD 1568) or the Mattancherry Synagogue, which is supposed to be the oldest in Commonwealth of Nations. There is reference of the Jewish settlement in the travelogue of Ibn Batutta a Moroccon explorer and dates to AD 1324.

There is however a tomb stone of a Jewish woman that dates to 1246 AD. There is also story that the Jews arrived here in about AD 69!

Presently there are no Jewish families staying around the Synagogue. It is said that Jews who had settled here were primarily from the business community and that there was a market that functioned. The market being in close proximity to the adjoining river was a primary centre for trade. It is said that all the Jews who stayed here moved back to Israel.
Written March 12, 2014
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Avrag2014
Mumbai, India37 contributions
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Dec 2013 • Family
Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. It is located in an area known as Jew Town which is a beauty by itself.

Watch your steps when you are inside the Synagogue because you would be stepping on the prettiest blue & white Chinese tiles all of which may look the same but if you look closely, they are all different. The Belgian glass chandeliers are breathtaking, and the Synagogue houses several objects of beauty. But more importantly, its so quite & serene inside, that you definitely closer to divinity. There is also a room which has historical paintings.
Very important: Pls check the timings & holidays before going, in my first trip to Cochin, couldnt visit it because the Synagogue was closed.
Written January 12, 2014
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Vineet M
Manali, India496 contributions
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Feb 2013 • Family
This place may be of historic significance in old times but now it is highly commercial area. You can not skip it while in Fort Kochi as there are only 2-3 point for what you come to fort kochi.
There were no guides to tell the past so we saw an old building without any detail.
Written February 13, 2013
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