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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 picture gallery gives a good illustration of the Jews entry into Kochi during the 12th Century. The synagogue is an interesting piece of architecture. Surprisingly very well restored compared to s...  more »
  • You don't need long here however it's a fascinating visit. The floor tiles and decor all lovely. The entrance fee is almost nothing so if in this part of town a visit is essential. 
  • While small the history of this synagogue is long and interesting. The lamps in the interior are beautiful and it definitely deserves a visit.