Synagogue de Carpentras, Carpentras

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  • For 8 years, I walk past almost 2 times a week without having had the curiosity to open the door! Thing done! And what a treat! I spent 45 minutes to listen to the guide that upset me in his story... So much history... This synagogue, the oldest in Europe is just beautiful! I don't you count not all... This is a must!
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  • The oldest synagogue in Europe still in activity. An incredible, very well preserved heritage. A home for the very friendly visit by volunteers from the community. The entrance fee €5 which is used to restore the building
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  • Guided tour that explains the history of the synagogue and traditions... Discover the ritual bath fed by a natural source to the level - 2!
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  • Very interesting interior with a subterranean plunge pool. Real history.
  • Great people, but didn't talk about jesus at all
  • Very interesting and a superb guidance
  • 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.
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