"The Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Paul2001

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  The Ben Ezra Synagogue
by Paul2001

The Ben Ezra Synagogue is a beautifully restored old synagogue in Old Cairo. The restoration was paid for by the American Jewish Congress and the Egyptian government.
It is not very certain when the old synagogue was built but it was probably before the 10th century and maybe as early as the 4th century. One thing for sure is that it is ancient. The synagogue is suppose to mark the spot where the pharaoh's daughter found Moses in the bulrushes. If the church feels more like a church in it's architectural design, it is probably because it incorporated a coptic basilica into the original structure in 882.
The synagogue is actually a little difficult to find as it is hidden away in a labyrinth of small streets and alleys.
Apparently this is the last working synagogue in Cairo. It's future in this regard looks grim as more Jews leave Egypt. The time will come when the synagogue will be kept open only for the purpose of tourism.

Directions: In Old Cairo

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  • Written Jul 30, 2004
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