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This imposing structure was built in 1568, when the Jews settled in Mattancherry, after their expulsion from Rahabi, who built a clock tower and paved the floor synagogue with hand painted willow pattern tiles brought from China. Its most important relics are the impressive copper plates recording king Bhaskara Ravi Varma's 4th century decree that guaranteed the Jewish settlers domain over Cranganore (Kodungalore). The Synagogue itself is elaborately decorated with crystal chandeliers and carved wood with blue and white ceramic tiles.
Opens from 10 am to 12 noon; 3 pm to 5pm,
Closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays
The Jewish Synagogue in Kochi is probably the oldest found in India. Kochi was a major settlement for prominent business Jewish community which laid the strong foundation of the business and economy landscape in Kochi.
The Jewish Synagogue is located near* the Dutch Palace and it is elaborately adorned by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. You can also see some giant scrolls of the Old Testament within the synagogue compound. You should pay special attention to the floor tiles (see picture), they are somewhat similar but none of them are the same. Each was hand painted with differences and almost looks like created that way intentionally.
Note*: They are practically next to each other, but the synagogue's walls blocking the 2 and make it quite impassible walking straight line.
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Built in 1568 by Kochi's Jewish community which once was the largest in India and is now just a few families. It is quite small but gives you a good history of the community. Shorts are forbidden inside but they will give you something to wrap up in.
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