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“old town”(4 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Kondylaki St., Chania, Greece
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small and located amongst the busy streets of the old city. I don't really understand why this venue gets such high recommendations. We spent less than five minutes there and moved on.

Thank Eran Y
Reviewed May 7, 2018 via mobile

So much to understand from this old place Can be difficult to find as it is in a cul de sac often easier to use google maps

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed December 4, 2017

Even if you aren't jewish you will be fascinated by spending a small amount of time in this old Synagogue, which has been restored to its former glory to become a place of worship again. There is lots of good information about the site's history,...More

Thank Ollerbarrow
Reviewed November 15, 2017

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy a visit this beatiful and recently restored synagogue. The building goes back to the 1400's but the synagogue to 1650. Very interesting history with a warm homelike feel when entering. Excellent guides give a history of the...More

Thank Gil M
Reviewed October 28, 2017

This synagogue was built in the 17th century and was well worth a visit during our time in Chania. It is a small, well-preserved and easy to find. It is an interesting piece of history. Learning about the fate of the Jewish people in Crete...More

Thank ALB63
Reviewed October 12, 2017 via mobile

Short but very interesting and meaningful visit. It's a real synagogue but welcomes all guests and visitors throughout the day. A must visit during your stay at Chania

Thank ntripod
Reviewed October 11, 2017

This place, built in the 1500's, has a feeling of timeless beauty and special peacefulness, notwithstanding the terrible fate of the entire Jewish community during WWII. It is in the Romaniote tradition, small but distinctive. It is very easy to find, nestled among the shops...More

1  Thank YSTcruiser
Reviewed October 7, 2017

If you are Jewish it's a must see. If you are not Jewish it's a must see too. I went to celebrate Sukkot with the members of the small Jewish community of the town and i'll never forget the warm behavior and their hospitality. The...More

1  Thank 500Hava
Reviewed October 3, 2017

if your jewish then its a must see. if your open minded, then you should visit just to see what another religions house off worship looks like. there is a small gift shop with shirts,mugs,etc. its not flashy but no synagouge is supposed to be

Thank michaellK6094OA
Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

On our trip to Chania we stopped into the synagogue to find out more about the Jewish history of Crete. We were given a warm welcome by Christoph and his lady colleague. Then we were treated to an interesting chat on the history of the...More

1  Thank KBlade
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