Mattancherry Paradesi Synagogue

Local nameMattancherry Paradesi Synagogue
LocationKochi, India

The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India. Constructed in 1568, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is "foreigners", applied to the synagogue because it was built by Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews, some of them from families exiled in Aleppo, Safed and other West Asian localities. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue.

The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as Jew Town, and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. The complex has four buildings.

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More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradesi_Synagogue

Official Website https://www.keralatourism.org/kochi/paradeso-synagogue-mattancherry.php

Address Cochin, India

Coordinates 9°57'26.83" N 76°15'33.602" E

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