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Ben Ezra Synagogue

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Address: Coptic Cairo, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the 8th...

The oldest existing synagogue in Cairo was originally a church in the 8th century.

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A working Synagogue

They are still using the synagogue and you cannot take pictures here. The synagogue itself is smaller, compare it to other churches in this area.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They are still using the synagogue and you cannot take pictures here. The synagogue itself is smaller, compare it to other churches in this area.

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Giza Governorate, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is the synagogue of the ancient sites in Egypt and has an ancient history and great in the beginning was the excommunication then became Temple

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

This beautiful synagogue is supposed to be built on the site where baby Moses was pulled from the Nile.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

I visited this Synagogue during my visit to Coptic Cairo. According to local legend, this was the site where the baby Moses was found. There is no charge to enter the Synagogue but donations are accepted. Photographs are not allowed inside. My visit lasted about 15 minutes.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Very old place of religious worship dating from when Cairo waa tolerant. Can't take pictures inside but worth the visit anyway.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This place is believed to be the place of Moses as a child and where Jews celebrate their feast day. The Ben Ezra Synagogue is not easy to find on your own. The synagogue has been beautifully restored, although it is no longer in active use as a house of worship.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

You don't have to religious to take an interest in all religion's & religious buildings from a historical point of view. The original date of the construction of this lovely old Synagogue is not known however there is good evidence from documents that it pre-dates 882 CE & is probably pre-Islamic. According to local folklore this is were baby Moses... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Though Egypt prides itself on its religious tolerance, that there are only 9 Jews (according to our tour guide) left in Egypt makes it clear that tolerance has not always extended to all of the Abrahamic religions. Still, this lovely little synagoague in the middle of Coptic Cairo speaks to a time when the tolerance was perhaps greater.

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Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

we liked the quaint passage leading upto the Synagogue and were touched by the deference to the person ( after whom this is named...Ben Ezra) and his gesture of saving this temple for time to come

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Sengata, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is a beautiful synagoge... every part of the building is preserved and can be observed with attention to details. Tourist must come in silence as this is a religious place. There was a brochure about the synagigue and donation box at the entrance. A lady was standing there to watch the tourists and warn them not to take pictures.... More 

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