Jewish Synagogue

Posted Date: 27 Jan 2010      Author: Latha Jayaprakash    Member Level: Gold (Rs 50)

Jewish Synagogue, Kochi is one of the favourite sight seeing spots of Kochi and is one of the oldest existing synagogues in all of the common wealth countries of the world.

Jewish synagogue in Kochi was built in 1568 AD. Even though the Jewish Synagogue was partially destroyed in the 1962 war, the synagogue was rebuilt by the Dutch and the fact speaks for the historical importance of the monument.

This Jewish Synagogue is covered with differently painted Chinese tiles. Each tile is different and do not resemble another in the whole monument. The Clock tower got attached to the main building in the mid 18th century.Belgian Chandeliers and grand lightings can be seen inside the Jewish synagogue. Jewish Synagogue has an interesting collection of old testament, copper plates that have
souvenirs of beautifully carved silver and golden crowns and records of the privileges bestowed upon the Rajahs of Kochi.

Jewish Synagogue remains open from 10 am to 12 noon and from 3 pm to 5 pm every day, except Saturdays and Jewish holidays for the visitors. Since the monument is centrally situated in Mattancherry it is easily accessible from the airport as well as the railway station.

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