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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 October 22, 2018

Our tour guide mentioned this synagogue as a place to go and see. So glad we did. It's an amazing renovation of an old disused synagogue. It's now back in use holding the weekly erev shabbat meetings and festivals. The place is run by volunteers...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Shifrah A
Reviewed October 10, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Markhamfamily
Reviewed October 8, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 439danyh
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 317callumg
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 879erany
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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 777SarahB777
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank Gil M
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