Synagogue de Carpentras, Carpentras

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  • Our stop is made at random in Carpentras. And strolling through this small town, we saw people who were a long queue (these are the heritage days) of great curiosity that we are, we approached. Wow a synagogue! We have never visited it. After a coffee break on the square, we join the queue. On this day, volunteers - available and sharing their knowledge - we will be visit in groups of 20. The visit will be made quickly, but with a wealth of information on this place dating from the years 1360. To all: the synagogue can be visited all day except Friday place rich personally because of his singularity, his wealth on historical, cultural and spiritual. The Jewish cemeteries can be visited on request at the tourist office
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  • The synagogue does not follow the opening hours posted. Very, very rude. Clearly caters to wealthy tours organized for large groups. We waited for 30 minutes to get in and they let in a large group ra...  more »
  • A tour takes an hour and is very worth it! Our knowledgeable guide told us in English all details of the synagogue and Jewish life in Carpentras. Fascinating!
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  • Very interesting interior with a subterranean plunge pool. Real history.
  • Very interesting and a superb guidance
  • 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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