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Ben Ezra Synagogue

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Address: Coptic Cairo, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the 8th...

The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the 8th century.

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Moses!

It was truly a blessing to see where Moses is believed to have been scooped from the Nile! Beware of the ticket lady! She's not very nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

If you think about a synagogue in a muslim country it is already an unexpected place by itself. It is a place with a lot of catolic churchs and also this synagogue that was built a lot of time ago. Legend says it is where Moises was found by the royal family. If you are in Cairo, dont miss it.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

While you are doing the tour of all the churches and mosques in the area, it is definitely worth visiting Ben Ezra Synagogue. Don't be put off by the security or the fact you cannot take photos. it is quite fascinating to see some of the design elements in the inlaid wooden paneling which seemed unusual for a synagogue. It... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Not as interesting as so many other sites in Old Cairo, but it's a quick stop if you are in Coptic Cairo. Something different.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This place has a lot of history being the place near to where Moses was rescued from the Nile. The building is fantastic with a lot of history, unfortunately there are almost no Jews left in Egypt that can worship so the synagogue is not active. Worth visiting though!

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Thank Fernando C
Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

It was truly a blessing to see where Moses is believed to have been scooped from the Nile! Beware of the ticket lady! She's not very nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

There are very few Jews left in Egypt, if any at all. Countless invasions, colonizers, and changes in power have forced the Jewish community to all but dissolve but there is the quietly brilliant Ben Ezra synagogue that stands testament to the time when the Jews flourished in this ancient city. Funded by trust, the synagogue is not a place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Great to view the Synagogue as proof of a Jewish influence in Islamic Cairo. Very simple architecture and not ornate in appearance or decor.

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Alicante, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Not so easy to find but it is signaled and people will help you to find the way. It s located on the lower part of old cairo and through those streets you will find churches and the end this very old Synagogue. It is worth the visit.

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Thank Maria S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

because a close friend of ours used to worship there many, many years ago so this is a place to remember and celebrate the days when the different religious communities lived in relative peace. We were deeply shocked to discover that the Torah was left in full view even though the synagogue is no longer consecrated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

An interesting insight to a side of Egypt not often considered, sit and soak in the history of the building.

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