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Jun 9, 2010 - Cairo    No Comments

Ben Ezra Synagogue (Cairo, Egypt)

Hours of Operation: Daily

Admission: Free

Get There: The Ben Ezra Synagogue is located close to the Mar Girgis metro station (behind the Hanging Church).

Egypt’s oldest surviving synagogue, dating to the 9th century and housed in a former church constructed in the 4th century. The synagogue was established in 1115, in what was previously a Coptic church, when the Copts were forced to sell it to raise funds to pay taxes to Ibn Tulun. The famed Geniza Documents, discovered in the synagogue basement, are of great interest to modern scholars of the medieval period in Egypt. According to local tradition, the Ben Ezra Synagogue is located on the site of where baby Moses was found.

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