Ben Ezra Synagogue


The Ben Ezra Synagogue, dating back to 982 CE, is a historic and culturally significant site in Cairo, Egypt. Originally constructed as a Coptic Christian church, it was later purchased by Egypt’s Jewish community in 1168 CE and has since served as a place of worship and a center of learning for the Jewish community in Cairo. Built in the Fatimid style, the synagogue is adorned with murals and frescoes that showcase the rich history of Egypt’s Jewish community. One of its most notable features is the tomb of the biblical prophet Moses Maimonides, who played a major role in the development of Jewish law and authored The Guide for the Perplexed. As the oldest synagogue in Cairo, the Ben Ezra Synagogue serves as a reminder of the enduring Jewish community in Egypt and its vibrant religious identity that has been nurtured for centuries. Plan a visit to witness the historical and cultural significance of this treasured landmark.


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