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Synagogue de Carpentras, Carpentras

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4.6/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
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  • It was late August or early September, and there was a visit with in the background the Milhaud opera: Ester of Carpentras. So a visit to the bakery, bath rituals etc all in enchanting songs... It's mostly water so deep and mesmerizing that struck me. This isn't of course not fake marble, but it is a place of worship and not something else, so let's say: perfect.
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  • Great place if you are visiting Carpentras the lady who was our guide beautifies share his explanations this absolutely fantastic place. 5 euros will be required as entry fee and this in order to renovate and maintain the oldest synagogue in France. The entrance is inconspicuous and visits are every half hour. Loved the serenity and the history page that emerges from this place! Do without hesitation!
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  • The oldest synagogue in France. Our guide, volunteer, makes us discover this building. C is one of the only synagogue to own a bakery (making unleavened bread) and two traditional bathroom. Beautiful room d office with chandeliers. Jewish or non-Jewish to see! Family.
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  • This was one of the highlights of my visit to the Luberon/Vaucluse area of Provence. The synagogue dates from the 1300s and is completely original. It is the oldest active synagogue in France, although these days the community of Jews in Carpentras numbers only 70 families - there are much larger communities in Marseilles, Avignon and other larger cities. I was especially pleased to be able to sit in this beautiful and inspiring place after having been disappointed by the synagogue in Cavaillon being closed for fear of terrorism. The two women who spoke to us about the synagogue (in French and English) were welcoming and knowledgeable. There is a menorah there which is nearly 1000 years old. During WW2, the citizens of Carpentras sheltered their Jewish community and dismantled the synagogue so that none of the beautiful things inside were destroyed. After the war, all these were brought out of hiding and reinstalled in the synagogue. The interior is made totally of wood and beautifully painted. The history of the Jewish community in Provence is rich and interesting, and this beautiful building was the centre of life in Carpentras.
  • Exceptional places. Fantastic visit. More old synagogue in France. A must-see.
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