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About Paradesi Synagogue

Paradesi Synagogue is one of the oldest in the Commonwealth of the nations in South India. It was erected in 1568 and is located in Kochi. One of the seven synagogues in Kochi, it has antique elements, structural design, and ambiance. It is filled with rare antique and conventional objects that add to the charm to the place. The light shining through the huge open windows on a bright day directly falling on chandeliers and lamps make this place delightful. The stunning construction of the synagogue is discovered in all its characteristics including the superb pillars. The Synagogue also has an exclusive gallery for women with columns covered in gold along with a carved teak ark. The Ark has the first five books of the Old Testament enclosed in silver and gold. Besides this other expensive possession, the synagogue also houses copper plates belonging to the 4th century with writings in Malayalam. They explain the privileges arranged to the community by the previous Cochin King and are written in mirror image writing. An oriental carpet gifted to the Jews by the preceding Ethiopian Emperor; Haile Selassie is also kept there in the synagogue.

Historical Context: Jewish synagogue dates back to 15th century. It was constructed in the year 1568

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Closed On Fridays Satudays
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera

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