Paradesi Synagogue, Kochi (Cochin)

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. Arrange to visit Paradesi Synagogue and other attractions in Kochi (Cochin) using our Kochi (Cochin) trip planning app.
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  • Visited a synagogue for the first time. Opulent interiors,very different flooring...nice experience.  more »
  • A day in Kochi would be incomplete without visiting Jewish Synagogue in Jew street, Mattancherry. The structure is marvelous with huge Belgian Chandeliers and hand painted floor tiles. History says...  more »
  • Its a best example of our precious culture to accept others believes and respect others culture. Its a Jewish prayer and preaching center which was built by Jews people when they were lived in Kochi.  more »
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  • Nice holy place. They charge Rs 5 per person as an entry fee, which i feel is very nominal and Rs 100 if you want a guide. It's an Ancient Jewish Town in India and must see place if you are a history lover. Am told there are around 15 Jews who come for prayer on Friday and Saturday along with their Rabbi rest of their folks migrated post 1947😎
  • One of the oldest active Jewish synagogue in Kerala... A must see place. You'll get guides for your visits. And there are guides inside the synagogue too. Prayers occurs on Friday and Saturday A calm and quiet place to be Photography is prohibited inside the synagogue!!! Entry fee of Rs 5 (only)
  • Peaceful place to sit and greet god. The historic value is immense, as most of the indian Jewish community have migrated abroad. The few members left look after the building and if your interested will give you historic details. Otherwise there is a small gallery with 10 paintings deprecating the history. Rs5 per person although i think you should give a donation as well.
  • Such a blessed experience! Met a rabbi there who was kind enough to explain the history and the significance of the artifacts present in that church. He showed us the Hebrew scripture and explained about the scrolls that were used for the service. That visit wouldn’t have been the same if not for him. Must visit if you like a calm place with a century of stories.
  • The last functioning synagogues of India (or so I've been told). Has a nominal ticket fee of 10 rupees.. and you can finish seeing the whole thing in less than 5 mins. No photography allowed inside. Beautiful place though.

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