Ben Ezra Synagogue

Ben Ezra Synagogue

Ben Ezra Synagogue

Ben Ezra Synagogue - Cairo Tourist Attractions - Egypt Tours Portal

Ben Ezra Synagogue History

Egypt is the home of many extraordinary artifacts from many eras and beliefs such as Judaism, One of these beautiful monuments is the Ben Ezra Synagogue which is located right behind the Hanging Church which it’s rumored it is the place where the box of baby Moses was found by the pharaoh’s daughter. The synagogue holds quite a history and significance as it was originally a church called El-Shamieen before it was bought by Abraham Ben Ezra in 882 A.D for 20,000 dinars from the Copts to pay for the annual taxes during the reign of Emperor Ahmed InbTulun and turned into a synagogue. The word “Synagogue” means in the ancient Greek language as “The usual place that Jews gather to worship and receive religious teachings”. It was a place of pilgrimage for North African Jews and a holy location for massive festival celebrations.

Ben Ezra Synagogue Contents

It is the oldest and most important Jewish temple in Egypt as in the 19th century a treasure was found in a hiding place for sacred books and worn-out Torah scrolls containing thousands of rare documents that recorded the history of Cairo’s community since the 11th during the medieval era in Egypt which are now stored in England at Cambridge University. It is rumored that the synagogue once held a copy of the original Old Testament. It’s considered an important tourist attraction after the departure of the majority of the Egyptian Jewish community in the 1950s after the occupation of Palestine, the founding of Isreal and the free Officer’s revolution.

Ben Ezra Synagogue Architecture

Many extensive renovations took place on the current building that dates back to 1892 after the collapse of the original temple. Ben Ezra synagogue is in a basilica style architecture with two floors; the first floor for men and the second for women. The main floor is divided into three parts separated by steel bars and right in the center is an octagonal marble bima (A Platform for Torah Reading). All the decorations like the star patterns, rectangles, and pentagonal patterns go back to the Turkish period, ottoman arabesque and a mixture of Hatai and roman decorations are also found there.

Ben Ezra Synagogue Tours

Ben Ezra Synagogue consider being one of the top Cairo tourist attractions, it attracts thousands of tourists all over the year so check our Cairo day tours if you are in Cairo or explore our Egypt day tours and choose the destination where you are in and let us arrange you to visit Ben Ezra Synagogue if you prefer.

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Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish. Read More About Egyptian Food

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

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Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light, sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt.

The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

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