Best time to visitAnytime when one is in the city of Kochi
Open hours10:00 am to 5:00 pm right through the week.
Things to doGo through the historical and scriptural artifacts here.
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesCouples, Families
Rank8 out of 159 attractions in Cochin
Come to Jew town in Kochi and one must visit the Paradesi Synagogue. It was built in 1568c AD by the Malabar Yehudan community people and is the oldest of all synagogues in the Commonwealth of Nations. What makes this place stand out is its architecture. The synagogue is wrapped in Chinese tiles that are painted. A clock tower was added in the 18th century and the Belgian chandeliers in the hall, copper plates with records of the past and Biblical Old Testament rolls make this place a must visit place in Kochi.
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Reviews of Paradesi Synagogue • 4
4) Jew Town and SynagogueParadesi Synagogue is the oldest synagogue and located in the quarter of Old Kochi known as Jew Town.The synagogue was built in 1568 by descendants of Spanish, Dutch and other European jews. It was served as a functioning synagogue throughout the centuries and preserves a unique records of of Jewish presence in India.
3. Paradesi Synagogue
I was excited to see the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth Nations, but unfortunately it was closed in lieu of a Jewish holiday. But, do visit it in case you are around! But I did get to witness people of the Jewish town dressed in their Jewish finery, having meals in their home. Unfortunately I could not take any pictures as I did not want to intrude in their private moment.
Synagogue is a place which attracts tourists due to it's impressive furnishing. Not everybody enjoys this but if you fall in the niche category, do visit. With it's impressive furnishing and beautiful structure and splendid chinese tiles and belgian chandellors used to decorate it, it's really beautiful.