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Pardesi Jewish Synagogue in Cochin 

 

Pardesi Synagogue is 400 years old and its interior holds curved brass columns, an intricately carved teak ark, Belgian crystal chandeliers and Torah crowns of solid gold set with gems. The floor has hand-painted porcelain tiles from Canton, each tile different. The most interesting object are the two copper plates with details of privileges granted to the Jewish community during the reign of Bhaskara Ravi Varman in the 10th century. The 4 dials of the 45 ft clock tower have numerals in Hebrew, Latin, Malayalam and Arabic.

 

Once there were 7 synagogues in Fort Cochin in Jew street, only Pardesi is still open.

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