Jewish Synagogue – Mattancherry Synagogue
Jewish Synagogue / Paradesi Synagogue is also known as the Mattancherry Synagogue. The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India.
Mattancherry Synagogue constructed in 1567, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin.
Mattancherry Synagogue – Name
Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is “foreigners”, applied to the synagogue because it was built by Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews, some of them from families exiled in Aleppo, Safed and other West Asian localities. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue.
Mattancherry Synagogue – Paradesi Synagogue
Beautiful place of worship of Jews who were living once in Mattancherry, flooring and the colorful hanging lamps are cute, brief history of Jews arrival to Indian cost and their life in India is displayed at the entrance.
Photography is not allowed inside, also this place will not be available for visit on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
Spice market – Fort Kochi
The nearby Market Road still bustles with spice market and tourist curio shops dominated by Kashmiri shopkeepers selling mostly wood carvings, oil lamps, spice box, snake boats and some tempting coffee table books.
The exotic odor of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric and pepper, also known as black gold, emanate from the spice warehouses lining the street and fills it.