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Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Chania Town

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The Etz Hayyim Synagogue (Hebrew: בית הכנסת עץ חיים) is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Chania on the Greek island of Crete. It is the only surviving remnant of the island's Romaniote Jewish community.
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  • Very moving and evocative, despite persecution and Nazi violations of their human rights this synagogue lives and breathes, a quiet contemplative spot on a busy street in Chania, I would recommend....  more
    Very moving and evocative, despite persecution and Nazi violations of their human rights this synagogue lives and breathes, a quiet contemplative spot on a busy street in Chania, I would recommend....  more »
  • There are hardly any Jews left in Crete. The German occupiers were transporting all the Jews of the island to the mainland of Greece on the SS Tanais so that they may be transferred to the... 
    There are hardly any Jews left in Crete. The German occupiers were transporting all the Jews of the island to the mainland of Greece on the SS Tanais so that they may be transferred to the...  more »
  • Very pretty calm place definitely worth a visit. A little hard to find but people were very helpful. I would say not to miss it 
    Very pretty calm place definitely worth a visit. A little hard to find but people were very helpful. I would say not to miss it  more »
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  • Always fascinating to learn last century history (Adjacent museum).
  • A smalll synagogue with a really interesting history. It's definitely worth a visit.
  • Beautiful historic synagogue that has been restored to former look. It has a rich heritage that has been preserved by the local community. Very welcoming of visitors as well.
  • When in Chania just step in to feel the magic of this place and take a time to contemplate icons and interior itself. A quite place in a busy center of Chania city.
  • Lovely old synagogue tucked away in the side streets of the old town. What it lacks in visual appeal (currently under renovation), it makes up for in lovely, caring staff. They went out of their way to make me feel at home and brought the history to life.

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