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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  • Quite a lot of history here. Apparently only 4 Jewish people left in Cochin. The youngest one runs the viewing of the synagoge to keep raisng money for the upkeep.  more »
  • Had read about the Jews of Kochin so found the visit interesting. It's a non functioning synagogue but worth a visit. The chandeliers were beautiful. The postcard will remind me of its grandeur.  more »
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