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Paradesi Synagogue, Kochi (Cochin)

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Visit Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in all the 53 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. Built by prosperous members of the local Jewish community, then controllers of a large part of the world spice trade, the synagogue was completed in 1568. Learn the interesting history of the building and the community it has served for centuries, and admire the synthesis of cultures in its architectural design and customs. Several features both inside and out deserve close examination, including a 14th-century tablet installed on the outer wall, and an oriental rug given by the last Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie. For Paradesi Synagogue and beyond, use our Kochi (Cochin) trip builder to get the most from your Kochi (Cochin) vacation.
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  • Nice and small synagogue. More relevant for people who understand the culture. The approach has some nice shops. 
  • Here came the Malabar Jews in the 11th century, it is believed that the Cochin Jews have fled in 379 from Rome to India.
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  • January 2017. The synagogue, very visited, is an old building without much appeal. Located in a street full of tourist shops, well worth the walk to visit although Kochi doesn't offer great things. Honestly I'd cut off Kochi from a trip to the South of India. We met a class of schoolchildren came to visit the synagogue that like other local temples requires you to enter without shoes. For those who have visited other synagogues this appears small and bare. We wanted to see it since Kochi was an episode of our journey in Kerala, a visit and nothing more.
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