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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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  • There are many older synagogues in town but this is the one most visited and well preserved. It was founded by Jews who had arrived in Cochin after their expulsion from Spain augmented by traders from...  more »
  • Very small place but worth a brief visit. The most interesting part is the anteroom where there is a brief pictorial history of the Jews in this part of India 
  • This area of the Synagogue is preserved and is getting even a makeover. The synagogue itself is worth a visit with its flooring and chandeliers is a nice place, however around there are many crafts in the North of the India, South I was missing a little.
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