The Jewish Synagogue of Mattancherry or Cochin Jewish Synagogue
Synagogue is the Jewish place of worship . Traditional Jews will attend synagogue three times a day. The synagogue is often a place for Jewish social gatherings, as it is the religious centre of the local Jewish community.
History Cochin Jewish Synagogue
It was built in 1568 AD, 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.
It was 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 prominent about the structure is its hand-painted Chinese tiles. The most interesting about the tiles is that not one of them is similar to the other. The Chinese tiles are more than 200 years plus.
The Belgian chandelier is another attraction of the synagogue. This Jewish Synagogue has huge religious implication both in India and abroad. People from far and wide come to have a look at this ancient treasure and architecture. It adds yet another beautiful feather of the religious heritage of the country.
Cochin Synagogue Timing
The Cochin Jewish Synagogue can be visited from 10.am to 12.00 noon and from 3.pm to 5.pm daily except Saturdays and Jewish holidays.