Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry

Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry

Location Mattancherry, Kerala
Significance The oldest synagogue in the Common Wealth Countries
Tme to Visit 1000 hours-1200 noon & 1500 hours-1700 hours

Built in 1568 AD, the Jewish Synagogue of Mattancherry is popular as the oldest synagogue in the Common Wealth Countries. The synagogue still preserves the Old Testament and the ancient copper plates that recorded the grants of privilege left by the Kochi rulers. The synagogue suffered partial damages in the war of 1662 AD.

Synagogue Architecture

It were the Dutch who paid attention to the synagogue that was in a pitiful condition. They got it rebuilt and today it is one of the chief attractions of Mattancherry. What is notable about the structure is its hand-painted Chinese tiles that are truly commendable. The huge clock tower was added to the structure in the 18th century.

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The Chinese tiles are a sight to behold. What is most fascinating about these tiles is the fact that not one of them resembles another. The unique tiles are around 200 years old. Apart from that one can also observe numerous finely wrought gold and silver crowns that were gifted by the patrons of the time.

The Jewish Synagogue can be visited from 1000 hours to 1200 noon and from 1500 hours to 1700 hours daily except Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

This Jewish Synagogue has huge religious significance both in India and abroad. People from far and wide come to have a look at this ancient treasure. It adds yet another beautiful feather of the religious heritage of the country. The ancient scrolls of the Old Testament, the unique Chinese tiles and the Belgian chandeliers are the chief attraction of the synagogue.

The small town of Mattancherry lies at a distance of 10 km from Ernakulam town. From the Ernakulam there are regular bus and boat services to Mattancherry.

How to Reach

By Air: The Cochin Airport is the closest airport from the town of Mattancherry.
By Rail: There are regular train services available from Ernakulum to the different parts of the state.
By Road: From Ernakulam, there are regular bus services available connecting to the town of Mattancherry.

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