Paradesi Synagogue, Kochi
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Address: Synagogue Ln, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India
Phone: +91- 4712321132
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Paradesi Synagogue, Kochi
The Paradesi Synagogue, in a corner of Jew Town, is more than a hundred years old and houses many rare antiques. The synagogue, that woos many visitors, adds to the quaint charm of Mattancherry. The word Paradesi means foreigner in many Indian languages. It refers to the White Jews - A mixture of Jews from Kodungalloor, Middle East and Europe. Enter the synagogue and the large main hall arrests your attention with display of rare antique objects that add to the grandeur of the place. The light falling through the large open windows make the sight of chandeliers and lamps more delightful. These glass chandeliers dangling from the ceiling belong to the 19th century and were imported from Belgium.
Paradesi Synagogue Information
- Visitors are expected to enter the synagogue barefoot.
- Time taken to visit is about 1 hour.
- Dutch Palace is situated within walking distance and can be combined with a visit to this attraction.
Paradesi Synagogue Ticket Prices
- Entry is free.
How To reach Paradesi Synagogue by Public Transport
- Nearest Bus Terminus: Mattancherry Bus stop.
Restaurants Near Paradesi Synagogue
- Ginger House Restaurant
- Tissa’s Inn
- Sri Annapurna Sweet
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Paradesi Synagogue, Kochi Reviews
An everlasting memory. An elegant masterpiece of construction. A enchantingly beautiful prayer hall. Wonderful and awesome. These all describes less about the Jewish Synagogue. You have to pay a visit to feel its charm and the times in which the synagogue was built and until now maintained. It's a symbol of care and worship of Jewish community.
Roads are clean and historic. You get the feel of ancient time. Stores and street shops are through out the road till the dead end. Amongst the 7 synagogues located in this area, this Jewish synagogue is the only one which is in operation in today's time. It was built in 1568 and is also called the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or Mattencherry Synagogue. Cameras and handbags are not allowed inside.
The best thing about this place, is that it’s 5,000 years old and it’s only 5 rupees to check out. Though you can’t take photos inside, there are a lot of photos that people have taken and posted online if you want to save them and add them to your collection. I tried and almost had my camera taken away at the beginning, so I decided against it. I took the ferry from Willingdon Island and walked to Jew town from the dock, which only took about 20 minutes. Hard to say since I stopped along the way to take pictures. Inside the museum was a lot of history. Short and sweet visit.
A must visit place I must say...the place reflects the mixed culture and historical importance of our Kochi... Mattancheri street will give a feel like we are somewhere else...not in Kerala what I meant
Very underwhelming. The royal palace has the same admission price (5rp) and is 100x more interesting. The Jain temple is also superior, has a guide talk you through it, and it's free. I'm not sure why this sad small building has an entrance fee. It doesn't make the Jewish community look good..