Paradesi Synagogue
Paradesi Synagogue
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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This temple dates back to the 16th century.
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  • Aaditya P
    2 contributions
    Sublime Grace
    I was fortunate enough to visit this gorgeous and historic synagogue on my recent trip to India with my daughter. The tour was brief and to the point but the synagogue itself was breath-taking. The hand painted tiles were stunning and my daughter made sure to stock up on post cards. Definitely a must go.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 29 December 2022
  • Divya7
    Chennai (Madras), India221 contributions
    Synagogue in worship
    This is a synagogue that is still in worship and you can see the fire of Solomon burning along with the brass columns. While the hands-painted floor tiles catch your fancy when you walk in, there is not much mentioned about the ceiling ornamentation in typical Kerala architecture style. Since the place is small it can get extremely crowded even during a weekday.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 29 December 2022
  • Puneet K
    3 contributions
    Small yet Beautiful
    The structure itself is not huge but the synagogue is beautiful. The tiles inside the main hall are all hand painted by Chinese artisans. The place has a long history which is really interesting to read about and see for yourself. The chandeliers are as specially impressive. There is something very peaceful about the place.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 29 January 2023
  • goldsb
    Liverpool, United Kingdom378 contributions
    Interesting cultural experience
    This synagogue is mainly tourist orientated. Although it can be used for pray, you would be out of place. There are 5 Torah scrolls. The ark is kept locked ( only a rabbi can open it I was told). Obviously, the history of the place is interesting and there are plenty of English information signs. I was slightly disappointed to not see any pray books , and that men were allowed in without head coverings, and that apart from the building there is little to see of Jewish life. The restored clock is well done.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2023
  • EarlyRetirementAbroa
    Princeton, New Jersey3,059 contributions
    Historical place
    A nice Synagogue, well maintained and guarded by the military personnel with the real gun, which is important during the current situation. The people behave respectfully and you can enjoy the visit. A little museum provides enough information in English so visitors can learn about the Jewish diaspora in Kochi.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 November 2023
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India249 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Visiting the Paradesi Synagogue aka Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue and Jew Town in Fort Kochi is not just about the historical site but also about immersing oneself in the cultural richness of the surroundings. The Paradesi Synagogue is a beautiful and historic synagogue that is well worth a visit, here one can learn about the history of the Jewish community in India. The place is a mix of Indian, Jewish, and Portuguese influences. The Chinese hand-painted tiles, intricate wood carvings, and Belgian chandeliers contribute to the synagogue's breathtaking aesthetics. The synagogue is also home to several important Jewish artefacts, including a Torah scroll that is over 500 years old and the beautiful architecture of the synagogue, including the red-tiled roof and white walls.

From the street starting 200 meters from the synagogue, it's another world compared to the remaining Kochi, full of antique shops, and unique doors of the traditional buildings. The street which takes you inside to the Jewish synagogue is awesome with all Jewish-style embellishments like lamps, masts and paintings on the walls. Jew Street is lined with old shops selling old antique items, spices, handicrafts, ornaments and restaurants serving traditional food. You can see drawings in leaves and some unique items in remembrance of Indo-Portuguese.

Visitors are required to dress modestly and cover their heads when entering the synagogue. You need to buy an entry ticket for Rs 10 per person. Parking has to be done in Mattancherry palace compound which is around 500 meters away by walk. Arrive early to avoid the crowds. The synagogue is open from 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays you can visit it only from 10 am to 2 pm and on Saturday the place remains closed. Photography is allowed inside, but no flashlight or camera stand is allowed. One should take time to explore and respect the cultural and religious significance of the site.
Written 14 November 2023
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EarlyRetirementAbroa
Princeton, NJ3,059 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
A nice Synagogue, well maintained and guarded by the military personnel with the real gun, which is important during the current situation. The people behave respectfully and you can enjoy the visit. A little museum provides enough information in English so visitors can learn about the Jewish diaspora in Kochi.

Written 3 November 2023
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judithmartinshem
London, UK178 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We were lucky enough to be able to have our sons Barmitzvah here. It's an amazing place to visit anyway as its a very special place. No rabbi there all the time, so no regular services sadly.
Written 29 August 2023
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goldsb
Liverpool, UK378 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This synagogue is mainly tourist orientated. Although it can be used for pray, you would be out of place. There are 5 Torah scrolls. The ark is kept locked ( only a rabbi can open it I was told). Obviously, the history of the place is interesting and there are plenty of English information signs. I was slightly disappointed to not see any pray books , and that men were allowed in without head coverings, and that apart from the building there is little to see of Jewish life. The restored clock is well done.
Written 13 March 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,818 contributions
Jan 2023
There has been a Jewish presence on the Malabar coast for centuries. One account mentions the arrival of Jewish traders in Cranganore near Cochin more than 500 years before Christ. The successful business activity of the Malabar Jews was mainly in spice. With gained wealth they could also get local support such as from the Raja of Cochin.

At several instances new settlers arrived. The Paradesi synagogue was built in 1568 adjacent to the palace of the Raja. During this time many sephardic Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal had found refuge in Cochin. As many of them spoke Spanish and they were less integrated than the Malabar Jews, locals started to refer to the synagogue as 'paradesi' (foreign) synagogue.

At present most Jewish Indians have left the country. In 2016 in Fort Kochi there were only 5 left. In order to conduct a service, Jewish men from outside have to attend to make it possible (a number of 10 males is required).
Written 8 March 2023
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jojo
Navi Mumbai, India1,751 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Most historically relevant was the oldest Synagogue located in Fort Kochi. Hebrew inscriptions, stone slabs, ancient scripts in copper plate, great scrolls of Old Testament etc were the main attractions. It was properly maintained. Calm and serene environment being blessed utilised by many believers. Surrounded by spice trade, curios shops, antique and shops.
Written 11 February 2023
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Akshaya S
Noida, India432 contributions
Jan 2023
Synagogue is probably the Jewel crown of Kochi. It is a very small place but there is a different vibe inside with all the beautiful chandeliers, lights and beautiful tiles in place.
Written 31 January 2023
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Puneet K
3 contributions
Dec 2022
The structure itself is not huge but the synagogue is beautiful. The tiles inside the main hall are all hand painted by Chinese artisans. The place has a long history which is really interesting to read about and see for yourself. The chandeliers are as specially impressive. There is something very peaceful about the place.
Written 30 January 2023
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abrahamsuji
Bangalore District, India424 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Synagogue is of immense historical importance. Relive the past. Depiction of peaceful coexistence with local rulers is depicted, great experience
Written 29 January 2023
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Divya7
Chennai (Madras), India221 contributions
Dec 2022
This is a synagogue that is still in worship and you can see the fire of Solomon burning along with the brass columns. While the hands-painted floor tiles catch your fancy when you walk in, there is not much mentioned about the ceiling ornamentation in typical Kerala architecture style. Since the place is small it can get extremely crowded even during a weekday.
Written 29 December 2022
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