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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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  • It's the first synagogue I visited and one of the most ancient ones. I wish there was a guide or someone who could,explain things to us. The attached art museum is worth seeing and gives some informat...  more »
  • If you are in Kochi town a quick visit to the synagogue is possible.Th etiles are very old and one needs to take shoes off before entering.A small family looks after the synagogue.  more »
  • It was a wonderful experience, felt like we are outside india. Excellent space to visit and a good place for shopping as well  more »

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