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“half hour”(2 reviews)
“old town”(4 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Kondylaki St., Chania, Greece
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A walk into Chania's past. The synagogue has been renovated and a beautiful house of worship for all. Spend time and talk to the volunteers that maintain the synagogue and visit the upstairs that talks about the renovation.

Thank Markhamfamily
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wanted to stress the beauty of the area around the synagogue which used to be the Jewish quarter It is preserved in the most exquisite way I recommend coming both by day and see the synagogue and hear about the unique community that existed...More

Thank Dany H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful, quiet, well tended religious space. Worth a short visit to view or to contemplate. No charge, but leave a donation.

Thank Callum G
Reviewed August 26, 2018

We stopped here the morning we were leaving Chania and so glad we did. Fascinating and moving history, great commentary by a woman who worked here and showed us around. So important that what happened here is not forgotten. Will only take a half hour.....don't...More

1  Thank Journey1007
Reviewed August 17, 2018

The Jewish history of Greece is a long and tragically ending one. Etz Chayim synagogue is the last synagogue in Crete. It is open for visits and I recommend it. People there can give explanations, and there are also interesting books and booklets that can...More

2  Thank Thierry D
Reviewed June 25, 2018 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

2  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

2  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

2  Thank ALB63
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