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Synagogue Ben Ezra, Cairo

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The oldest remaining synagogue in Cairo, Synagogue Ben Ezra 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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  • Definitely worth a stop when visiting this area of Cairo. This site has an interesting mix of history, as it was originally a church and then converted about a century ago. No pictures allowed inside. 
    Definitely worth a stop when visiting this area of Cairo. This site has an interesting mix of history, as it was originally a church and then converted about a century ago. No pictures allowed inside.  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • So good to have this in the Coptic Christian area. It was great to see. Pushy for donations. Roped off sections ruin the experience a bit. However, a good place to pray. No pictures or video allowed.
  • Ben Ezra Synagogue is a synagogue that more of a tourist attraction in Coptic Cairo more than a place of worship due to the few Jews still in Egypt. The building doesn’t look like much, but the inside has been attractively restored and certainly looks pretty. Pity no photos are allowed though.

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