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  • Ben Ezra Synagogue - Cairo
      Ben Ezra Synagogue
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  • Exterior of Ben Ezra Synagogue - Cairo
      Exterior of Ben Ezra Synagogue
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  • Ben Ezra Synagogue - Cairo
  • Ben Ezra Synagogue - Cairo
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      Blurry picture of the interior
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The sole synagogue in Coptic Cairo is said to have been built on the spot where Pharaoh's daughter found Moses. Although this theory goes back thousands of years, the Synagogue itself is less ancient. An older church existed until the 9th century when the Jewish community bought it from the Christians and turned it into a synagogue. It is unknown how much of the original church survived, but at least the floor plan did. Architecturally, the synagogue is an intriguing a mix of Jewish, Christian and Islamic styles. The Ben Ezra synagogue is also where the famous 11th century manuscripts, referred to as the Geniza, were found. Note that photography is forbidden in the interior (I had to snap quickly!).

Address: Coptic Cairo
Directions: Near the Copitc Museum

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  • Updated Apr 27, 2007
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