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Paradesi Synagogue
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

they have preserved the story in a small room through paintings before visiting the synagogue.
In the Synagogue you will notice the white and blue floor tiles. 1000 of them. Each different from the other.
Take a seat and have a moment of silence.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active[1] synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations,[2] located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India. Constructed in 1568, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is "foreigners", applied to the synagogue because it was historically used by "White Jews", a mixture of Jews from Cranganore, the Middle East, and European exiles. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue.
The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as Jew Town,[2] and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. The complex has four buildings. It was built adjacent to the Mattancherry Palace temple on the land given to the Malabari Yehuden community by the Raja of Kochi, Rama Varma[disambiguation needed]. The Mattancherry Palace temple and the Mattancherry synagogue share a common wall.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations located in Kochi, Kerala, India Constructed in 1568 . The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Kochi known as Jew Town and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. The complex has four buildings. It was built adjacent to the Mattancherry Palace on the land given to the Malabari Yehuden community by the Raja of Kochi, Rama Varma .

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

The Paradesi Synagogue was constructed in the latter part of the 16th century under the Dutch reign. We stepped in to explore with help from the official guide here.

Akin to many other religious places, here you need to remove your footwear before stepping in. Our feet glided over the clay tiles, more than 1,000 in number, each with a different design engraved. While the tiles were brought from China, the chandeliers above us came in from Belgium. These were added in the 19th century.

We also explored the Clock tower close by, built in the 18th century by Ezekiel Rahabi, a Jewish businessman. This clock tower has four faces. One side faces the Maharaja’s palace, the second faces the street, the third side the synagogue, and the fourth side facing the sea, has been mysteriously kept blank.

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had visited this place on june 12 where we had a great time.
we had learnt a lot about the olden days praying system by visiting this place.
I advice every one who visits fort kochin should go to this place.

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