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El Ghriba Synagogue

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Address: Er-Riadh (Harah Sghira), Djerba Island, Tunisia
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The most ancient Jewish community in Tunisia supposedly dates back to 586...

The most ancient Jewish community in Tunisia supposedly dates back to 586 BCE.

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Sacred place now outside the life

Wonderfull and nice sacred place of Jews for 1000 and more years, inside very nice ceramic "azulejos" and quiet old Synagogue as symbol old tolerancy. Inside is a lot of symbols... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Mike L
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Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

It''s a interesting place. Need pay 2 dinars or 1 (i don't remember, sorry.but is cheap.) to take pictures and you receive one postal.

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Thank Carolina R
Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Its not what i expected of a traditional synagogue. Understandably, it has borrowed so much from the artistic culture in which it was found...it was covered all in tiles like a typical tunisian place. Buses come with loads of tourists...so wait outside till they leave then enter so u can get the " feel"of the place. There is a guy... More 

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Thank lamia a
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

I really do not understand how come this ancient monument is rated #5 as a to do thing in Djerba Island. This is a must visit whenever you are in Djerba. It is a beautiful synagogue and is the most ancient synagogue in North Africa. Visit is necessary and highly recommended.

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Thank Ines S
Paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

La Ghriba is the oldest Synagogue in Africa it is not huge, just a 2 room temple, it take 15mn to visit it, but it is very charming you really feel that you are in a holy and secular place a must see in jerba island :)

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Thank Olivierfrompaname
Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

High security and I understand why. A haven of peace. Restoration is stunning. The artifacts are a wonder of the world for all religions. I can't explain in words my experience. An absolute must when in Djerba.

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Thank Lucinda2610
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

There isn't much to see in the area so if you are in Djerbahood, it is worth stopping in. The main gathering was pretty but not much going on besides that.

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Thank btravel17
Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

One of the oldest synagogue of the world is in Djerba. It's an island of Jewish traditions in an ocean of Muslim culture. Fine architecture and inspired ambiance and very welcoming people. Don't miss the visit of the fascinating caravansary next door.

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Thank Mwasaju
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The most amazing synagogue i have ever been to. Security tight. Painted in bright blues,aquas and greens, it's cool and lofty in the searing heat. Plus there's the old caravanserai style college no longer in use. Apparently this place was en route from Spain to Jerusalem at the time of Maimonides and much earlier, serious history to the place.

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Thank outwitthefairies
Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Wonderfull and nice sacred place of Jews for 1000 and more years, inside very nice ceramic "azulejos" and quiet old Synagogue as symbol old tolerancy. Inside is a lot of symbols Jewish life, sacred light, old Thora made from antilope skin and also sacred wall made from parts of salomons Temple imported from JUerusalem... Dont mis this shining place!

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Thank Mike L
Westbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Smaller than I was expected but still well worth the visit. If you aren't covered up you will be given scarves, sarongs and covering to wear. The inside is beautiful and intricately decorated. The prayer room was my favourite bit and seeing all the tools of prayers people had left in the wall was intriguing.

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