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The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the 8th century.
Coptic Cairo, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This synagogue is all that maintains a Jewish presence in an area that prior to 1947 numbered 80000. Currently they only have a quorum if Jewish male diplomats or visitors join them. They do not allow any [photos inside. We had a guide for the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MWK51
Reviewed 6 days ago

Located inside highly protected Coptic Cairo. A walk through the alley leading to the synagogue is a different experience altogether. The interior is not so mention-worthy. But definitely demands a visit while in Cairo.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Doc_Subhajit17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is located in Mar Girgis neighbourhood which is by itself is nice to walk around and visit the various churches and places but there is no interpretation info that you can get when you arrive at the site and no pictures are allowed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LaithEM
Reviewed November 28, 2018

I don't know if we saw the same place as the picture. It was called the Ben Ezra Synagogue, but didn't look anything like this. We reached it through alleyways and entered from the back. The building was in disrepair but did have rows of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Karen K
Reviewed November 11, 2018

It used to be a church 1000 years ago and now belongs to Jew after a tricky contract ! You can’t take a photo inside, the old genesis were found here which has been archived at university of Cambridge at present.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nafiz333
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Ben Ezra is quite easily accessible from anywhere in Cairo, with the Metro being the most convenient. From the Marc Girgis station, take a left and you’ll find an underground tunnel that leads to a number of heritage sites including Ben Ezra. The synagogue may...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ahmad4is
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Beautiful synagogue, people were very nice and respectful, too bad they don't allow taking photos because it's really amazing place to visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank vespersmarquess
Reviewed October 17, 2018

This is another one of the holy religious sites in Old Cairo - though the only synagogue in this area. Sited amongst several Christian churches of different faiths, the Ben Ezra synagogue is a special and impressive building in its own right. It has its...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BenYorkie
Reviewed October 17, 2018

This is very near the Coptic area of Old Cairo, and is a historic and beautiful building. It closes at 4pm--so plan accordingly. A treasure trove of documents was found stashed here and it is traditionally where baby Moses was found.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

A very quiet and serene synagogue. It was built upon what was once upon a time a church. it is well preserved but hardly used as there are very few followers in Cairo.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Nony Z | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Syed R | Reviewed this property |
All attractions in Cairo open from around 9am and the last visitor enter at 4.30 pm. But we must appreciate that this is an active synagog so it may be open for jewish community a little early. 9 am is a safe bet. This place... More
August 15, 2017|
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Response from privetguidem | Reviewed this property |
Hello from Egypt the time starting from 8:00am tell 4:00 pm and no money to get inside its for free accept if you are with tour guide he will talk like 25$