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  • 1 - 2 Hours

  • Art gallery

  • Restroom

  • Sitting area

  • Baby friendly

  • Couple Friendly

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  • Accepts donations

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  • Security guard

  • Baggage Counter

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  • Adult
    05 INR

  • Children
    FREE

  • Foreigner
    05 INR

  • Mobile Camera
    FREE

  • Still Camera
    FREE

  • Video Camera
    FREE


About

The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India. Constructed in 1567, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is "foreigners", applied to the synagogue because it was built by Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews, some of them from families exiled in Aleppo, Safed and other West Asian localities. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue. The world-renowned Paradesi Syngagogue, first built in 1568 and reconstructed in part and enlarged over the years, can be found in the Mattancherry area of Kochi. The road that it was built on came to be known as Jew Street or Synagogue Lane, and the surrounding neighborhood as Jew Town.  The Rajah of Cochin generously allotted the community land in Cochin da Cima, or Upper Cochin, next to his own palace (now a city museum) and an adjacent small Hindu temple to service himself and his royal family.  The synagogue, today the only functioning one in Kerala, was erected for a congregation whose core had migrated from Cranganore to the north of Kochi where they were then joined by a larger group of relative newcomers from Europe and Western Asia.  The diverse influx of Jews to Mattancherry led to its designation as the Paradesi, or Foreigners’ Synagogue. 

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