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Synagogue de Carpentras, Carpentras

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  • The guided tour of this very beautiful and unique place was done by a member of the synagogue. She really made the history of the place come alive. It is an amazing 14th century site which is still ac...  more »
  • A big disappointment. Went to Carpentras specially from Avignon, just to see the synagogue. It's listed as open Monday to Friday and unlike other sites there, it does not show closed on Fete days. How...  more »
  • Loved the tour. Still shocked by treatment of Jews in Fascist Europe. And in post 1492 times. Glad this remnant of an important community still exists. Wish it were better funded and better attended. ...  more »
  • Great people, but didn't talk about jesus at all
  • 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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  • Exceptional places. Fantastic visit. More old synagogue in France. A must see.
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