July 20, 2010

Paradesi Synagogue - Kochi, Kerala, India

Kochi aka Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala state of India, has Jew population. Kochi has the oldest synagogue (Jew temple) in the Commonwealth of Nations. The synagogue is called as Paradesi Synagogue, Cochin Jewish Synagogue, or the Mattancherry Synagogue. The synagogue is located in the site named Jew Town in Cochin.

The synagogue was built by "white Jews", a mixture of Jews from the Middle East and European exiles, in the year of 1568. As they were foreigners, the synagogue got the name "Paradesi Synagogue" (Paradesi means foreigner in Indian languages).

The Synagogue is elaborately decorated with crystal chandeliers and carved wood with blue and white ceramic tiles. None of these tiles resemble the other. In the mid 18th century, the clock tower was attached to the main building of the synagogue. Apart from the attractive building and architecture, the Synagogue has a lot of important and attractive collections such as rolls of Old Testament, beautifully carved golden and silver crowns, etc.

Paradesi Synagogue is definitely a must visit in Kochi.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts

Site Name: Paradesi Synagogue
Site Type: Synagogue, Jew Temple
City Name: Kochi aka Cochin
Location: Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam
Nearest Airport: Cochin
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Cochin/Ernakulam
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Cochin/Ernakulam



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