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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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  • The synagogue was beautiful and thought that the decorated tiles on the floor was well preserved.The history was fascinating as well  more »
  • Found in the bustling tourist area of Jew Town. Built in 1568 by descendants of Spanish, Dutch & other European Jews. It is a functioning synagogue, full of chandeliers from around the world - includi...  more »
  • Very interesting insight into history for such a small place. Seems to be culturally significant. I would return.  more »