Cochin Jewish Synagogue


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Distance (From Ernakulam Jn (South) Railway Station): 10 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto / Bus

Travel Tips: This place can be visited along with Chinese Fishing Nets (4 Kms), Fort Kochi Beach (4 Kms), St. Francis Church (4 Kms) & Dutch Palace (0.5 Kms)

At a distance of 10 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Cochin Jewish Synagogue is the oldest synagogue the Commonwealth of Nations. Located in Jew Town in Mattancherry area of Kochi city, it is also known as Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Synagogue.

It is constructed in 1568 by Cochin Jewish community who mainly migrated from Middle East and Europe. The synagogue was built on a land gifted to the Malabari Yehuden community (Cochin Jews) by Kochi Rajas. It was rebuilt and renovated by the Dutch after the 1662 war, which partially destroyed it. This synagogue has Scrolls of Law, a number of gold crowns that were received as gifts, beautiful chandeliers, a brass railed pulpit, a clock tower and refines Chinese tiles hand painted in blue, are also kept displayed.

Mattancherry Bus Terminus is the nearest bus stand.

Timings: 10 AM to 12 PM & 3 PM to 5 PM. Closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.