"Ben Ezra Synagogue" Coptic Cairo - Ben Ezra Synagogue Tip by vesna04

 
 

Ben Ezra's Temple has been erected in the 6th or presumably the 9th Century AD which makes it one of the oldest surviving synagogues, although it is now a museum more than a functioning synagogue.

The legend says that until the 9th century, there was a church instead. The Jewish community bought it from Copts who needed the money to pay taxes to the Islamic rulers.
According to another legend Moses, left in the basket, was found here by Pharaoh's daughter.
In 19th century over 400,000 items were discovered there, including a valuable collection of ancient manuscripts and Torah scrolls, that are thousands of years old.

The Ben Ezra Library is situated in a small building in the south western courtyard behind the Ben Ezra Synagogue.

Address: Old Cairo
Directions: Near the Copitc Museum
Website: http://www.touregypt.net

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  • Updated Sep 1, 2007
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