Ben Ezra Synagogue
Synthesis of Styles
The synagogue is a mixture of classical, Coptic Christian, and Ottoman styles prevalent in Egypt during its construction. Intricate patterns in wood and stone are brilliantly illuminated by a dozen low-hanging lanterns.
The platform from which Jewish religious elders conduct prayers is a masterpiece of Jewish religious art. It is combination of gold-leaf and carved marble which serves as a centrepiece of prayers during readings of the Torah.
Cause for Destruction
The destruction of the synagogue in 1967 by Arabs came after Israel’s pre-emptive attack on its neighbours. Egypt’s President Abdul Nasser had been mobilizing and coordinating with Jordan and Syria to attack Israel. Modern historians fault all sides for the start of the Six-Day War, but cannot attribute it to Israel or Egypt alone.
- The Synagogue is open to the public free of charge.
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