Synagogue de Carpentras, Carpentras

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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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  • The oldest synagogue in France! a place of recollection and sharing, well preserved, even if you aren't, Jew or believer to visit probably
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  • very nice place, atypical (comtadins Jews have made some changes to the traditional synagogues). We have received a warm welcome for an impromptu visit. Of other synagogues to visit: Avignon, and Cavaillon.
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  • Very interesting interior with a subterranean plunge pool. Real history.
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  • 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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