Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo

#13 of 48 in Historic Sites in Cairo
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The oldest remaining synagogue in Cairo, Ben Ezra Synagogue stands as the place where thousands of original medieval scrolls in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Judeo-Arabic language were discovered. According to legend, the synagogue sits on the site where Pharaoh's daughter found the ark with baby Moses. Other sources say the synagogue was originally a Coptic church which was sold to the Jews in 882 because of the high taxes Christians had to pay at the time to the Muslim rulers. The geniza (store room with manuscripts) was discovered in the 1890s during the reconstruction of the original building. Plan my trip to Cairo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • This site is also known as the El-Geniza Synagogue and is located in Coptic Cairo so you might want to explore that history as well while you are in the vicinity. Local legend says that it is...  more »
  • I was surprised to find a synagogue in Coptic Cairo and even more surprised to learn it is the oldest synagogue in Egypt. The structure dates to a 4th century Christian church. A Jewish Rabbi, Ben...  more »
  • the oldest synagogue in Egypt.. where Joseph Maryam Jesus lived there..
  • Perhaps the only synagogue left in Egypt. Carefully conserved. But the documentation or interpretation is practically zero except the imagination of guides.
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