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Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town

Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town Tours and Activities

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One of the world’s oldest active synagogues, and the oldest in the Commonwealth, can be found in the center of the port’s spice district, Jew Town. The district is a particularly historic reminder of Fort Cochin’s multicultural heritage.

The synagogue sits at the center of the district once inhabited by Fort Cochin’s prosperous spice trading community of Malabari Jews, who traveled here from Holland and Spain. Today, apart from the synagogue and faded street signs, reminders of the district’s once-thriving Jewish community are few.

There were once seven synagogues in this quarter of Old Cochin, but Paradesi Synagogue (also called Pardesi) is the sole survivor. It sometimes also known as the Mattancherry Synagogue, as it shares a temple wall with the neighboring Mattancherry Palace. The word ‘paradesi’ is an Indian term for foreigner.

The original synagogue built in 1568 was destroyed by the Portuguese, and the current building with its distinctive clock tower was erected under the rule of the Dutch.

Notable features include the synagogue’s floor of blue-and-white tiles, individually hand-painted in Canton in a willow pattern. Colored glass lamps and glittering Belgian-glass chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and the gold pulpit is richly decorated.

As is traditional, there is a separate upstairs balcony for female worshipers. There are also historic Torah scrolls and copper plates inscribed with the synagogue’s charter of privileges on display.

When you visit the synagogue, make sure to come modestly dressed (no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed).

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Open Sun - Thu, 10am - noon & 3 - 5pm
Jew Town Road, Fort Cochin
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See the best of Cochin with your own personal guide on this private half-day tour, with hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off. Traveling between sites by private air-conditioned vehicle, hop out to explore the lanes of Fort Kochi, viewing must-sees like St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral. Plus, admire the famous Chinese fishing nets and visit the old Jewish quarter of Mattancherry, with its spice market and Paradesi Synagogue. Entrance fees included.
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$25.00
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What are Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town hours of operation?
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Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town hours of operation: Open Sun - Thu, 10am - noon & 3 - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 60 Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town costs USD 8.24. Guided Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tours start around USD 8.24 per person. See all 60 Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tickets and tours on Viator.
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