Ramban Synagogue, Jerusalem

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The Ramban Synagogue, is the second oldest active synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was founded by Nahmanides (Ramban) in 1267, to service the local Jewish community, which would expand due to its presence.
Today there are two Ramban Synagogues in Jerusalem, the original historic one described in this article stands in the Old City; and a new one, established after 1948 and rebuilt in 2005, at 4 Amatsya Street in the Katamon neighbourhood of Jerusalem.
The foundation of the building comprises vaults resting on Romanesque and Byzantine capitals. Along with the fact that there are no Gothic or Islamic architectural features, this suggests that the original building predates the Crusader period.
The synagogue is located three meters below street level, to comply with Muslim restrictions for Dhimmi houses of prayer not to be higher than mosques.
13th centuryAfter the Disputation of Barcelona, Nahmanides was exiled from Aragon, and in 1267 he made aliyah to the Land of Israel. In an alleged letter to his son, he described the Jewish community of Jerusalem devastated by the Khwarezmian Tatars:
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  • The solo picture on Trip advisor suggests that the structure with thé dôme is the Ramban (Nachmanides synagogue). It is not so. The domed structure was known as the Hurva (ruined) Synagogue as the Ara...  more »
  • Ramban -nACHMANIDES Ran away from Catalunia-Girona to Jerusalem 1267RabiMoshe Ben Nachman A famous Mediaeval Jewish leader In the 14th Century the square Minaret of Sidne Omar was built on the site.On...  more »
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  • Very nice synagogue. The men's section was packed on Friday night, and I barely got a seat. Besides that, the architecture is nice and the people are also. Just note, the Wikipedia article is talking about the synagogue in the old city, not this (relatively) new one.
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