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El Ghriba Synagogue

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Address: Er-Riadh (Harah Sghira), Djerba Island, Tunisia
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The most ancient Jewish community in Tunisia supposedly dates back to 586...

The most ancient Jewish community in Tunisia supposedly dates back to 586 BCE.

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Good visit

Opening times are correct. Plenty of security measurements. Is a good visit. Bit difficult to find the way

Reviewed 22 January 2017
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Minneapolis, MN
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

A physically small but emotionally vast synagogue with complex histories as well as recent tragedies. If possible, secure a guide who is familiar with the dual Jewish cultures of Tunisia - the story is riveting. Examine the wishing wall and learn about the foundation stone. I consider this a "must see" Tunisian landmark.

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Opening times are correct. Plenty of security measurements. Is a good visit. Bit difficult to find the way

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Thank pimbo g
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

beautiful synagogue - well worth a visit.girls:bring a scarf to cover you hair if you don't you can always borrow one. make the taxi wait for you. The visit won't take long

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Thank Agneta F
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

It''s a interesting place. Need pay 2 dinars or 1 (i don't remember, sorry.but is cheap.) to take pictures and you receive one postal.

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Thank Carolina R
Cairo, Egypt
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Its not what i expected of a traditional synagogue. Understandably, it has borrowed so much from the artistic culture in which it was found...it was covered all in tiles like a typical tunisian place. Buses come with loads of tourists...so wait outside till they leave then enter so u can get the " feel"of the place. There is a guy... More 

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Thank lamia a
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

I really do not understand how come this ancient monument is rated #5 as a to do thing in Djerba Island. This is a must visit whenever you are in Djerba. It is a beautiful synagogue and is the most ancient synagogue in North Africa. Visit is necessary and highly recommended.

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Paris
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

La Ghriba is the oldest Synagogue in Africa it is not huge, just a 2 room temple, it take 15mn to visit it, but it is very charming you really feel that you are in a holy and secular place a must see in jerba island :)

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Paris, France
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

High security and I understand why. A haven of peace. Restoration is stunning. The artifacts are a wonder of the world for all religions. I can't explain in words my experience. An absolute must when in Djerba.

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Thank Lucinda2610
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133 reviews
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Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

There isn't much to see in the area so if you are in Djerbahood, it is worth stopping in. The main gathering was pretty but not much going on besides that.

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Paris, France
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32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

One of the oldest synagogue of the world is in Djerba. It's an island of Jewish traditions in an ocean of Muslim culture. Fine architecture and inspired ambiance and very welcoming people. Don't miss the visit of the fascinating caravansary next door.

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