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Synagogue de Carpentras, Carpentras
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  • Having never visited 1 synagogue, I discovered the style, objects, architecture. It's interesting for those who want to discover other religions...
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  • The basement of the synagogue of Carpentras, the oldest of France located in the Mikvah. This ritual bath meets the requirement of purity against women in relation to the liturgy of the temple. This one is dug in the rock, it is 10 meters deep and is powered by a natural water source. An impressive staircase of 6 levels sinking in the basin. You can also see bakeries where you cook the bread of shabbat and the Unleavened breads. On the first floor there is the prayer hall. The spirit of its decoration date mainly from the 18th century. Inside, the Mezuzah, lamps Hannukah, the Menorah, the Chair of Elijah, objects of worship, are remarkable.
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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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  • 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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