Paradesi Synagogue

The Paradesi Synagogue, also known as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue, is a historic Jewish place of worship located in the neighborhood of Mattancherry in Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India. It is one of the oldest active synagogues in the Commonwealth of Nations.

History:
The Paradesi Synagogue was built in 1568 by the Jewish community that migrated to Kochi from the Middle East and Europe. The term “Paradesi” means “foreigner” in various Indian languages, signifying the foreign origins of the Jews who constructed the synagogue. It served as a center of Jewish religious and cultural life in Kochi for several centuries.

Architecture:
The synagogue’s architecture reflects a blend of Jewish and Kerala styles. The building features ornate chandeliers, hand-painted blue-and-white Chinese tiles, Belgian glass windows, and an impressive brass pulpit. The interior is adorned with beautiful and intricate carvings and designs, making it an architectural gem.

Important Artifacts:
Inside the Paradesi Synagogue, you can find historical artifacts, ancient scrolls, copper plates, and religious objects of cultural and historical significance. The most notable artifact is the copper plates presented to the Jewish community by the local king, granting them privileges and protection.

Tourist Attraction:
The Paradesi Synagogue is not only a place of worship but also a popular tourist attraction in Kochi. Visitors are welcome to explore its historical and cultural heritage, but please be respectful of its sacred significance and traditions.

Please keep in mind that some details might have changed recommending you to checking with local sources for the latest information if you plan to visit the Paradesi Synagogue.


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