JEW STREET AND SYNAGOGUE

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Floohoo Travels offer the best Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi, Monuments - Cochin Day Tours. Choose from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests. Travel back to antiquity on Jew Street. Narrow streets are lined with weathered, centuries old buildings and curio shops run by descendants of the early Jewish settlers. Here, the streets hark back to another time and place. Chat with a shopkeeper, or have your pick from a mind-boggling array of antiques that includes carved wooden furniture, bronze and brass sculptures, fine crockery, jewellery, and more. Each item has its own precious story to tell – accounts of long journeys over land, sea, and across time.
Prepare to be charmed as you continue down the street and find the Jewish Synagogue that was built in 1568. You will be mesmerized by the way light from the large open windows cascades onto the 19th century Belgian glass chandeliers and lamps that sit upon gleaming pillars that rise up from the floor made of hand painted blue willow patterned ceramic tiles from 18th century China, each of which demonstrate a unique and exquisite design.
A pulpit with brass rails holds centre stage in the large hall. Examine the synagogue’s exclusive gilt columned gallery for women, or the teak ark that holds the four silver and gold encased scrolls of the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament).
Other highlights of the Synagogue are the gold crowns presented to the Jewish community by the Rajas of Cochin and Travancore, an oriental rug presented to the community by the late Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, and 4th century copper plates with inscriptions in Malayalam and in ‘Kannadiezhuthu’ – a mirror image style of writing – that detail the privileges granted to the community by the Raja of Cochin. This is one of the best Synagogues in the world and you’re certain to leave here enchanted.

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