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“Great discovery”
Review of Main Synagogue

Main Synagogue
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Great discovery”
Reviewed 11 March 2013

I was hanging around El Call and found it by chance. I read a little about the area before the trip but this was not mentioned. Small space with great history. Two small rooms, short introduction, you can see the corners and take pictures if you like. Just a small contribution for maintenance charged.

Visited March 2013
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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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“A great discovery and the oldest in Europe”
Reviewed 18 February 2013

The synagogue has been rediscovered in the 1990s after extensive research. Well worth a short visit whichever faith you belong to. Quite hard to find in the old Call area of the old city.You need to look out for small card notices put up in nearby street. You can see two small rooms , with the two windows facing south east towards Jerusalem. The main synagogue dates from about 300 AD and survived as a place of worship until 1391, when the Inquisition took hold in this part of Catalunya. A small museum . Some of the items have come from an old synagogue in Morocco. In 2003 a couple married in the synagogue ,, the first wedding there for more than 600 years. The 4th century synagogue was built on earlier Roman building dating from the reign Emperor Caracalla in 2nd century. ... some of the Roman remains are visible through the glass floor. .Donations are accepted in lieu of an entrance fee.

Visited May 2012
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London
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“A real gem”
Reviewed 25 December 2012

At one time there were 4,000 Jews in Barcelona and their story is only just emerging. The foundations of this tiny synagogue date back to the 3rd or 4th century, meaning that this is possibly the oldest known synagogue in Europe. When you visit (make sure you check opening times first) you'll get to hear a little talk about the history and see the original stone work - fascinating.

Visited December 2012
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Difficult to find, but well worth a visit”
Reviewed 17 December 2012

The guide at this tiny synagogue explained the history of the building (in sound English!) and how it was only rediscovered in the 1990s. It is in the heart of the old town, 2euros 50 donation entry and well worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“A forgotten piece of history”
Reviewed 17 September 2012

Nearest metro station is Jaume1 on the yellow line. Its only 5 minutes walk from the metro and worth your time to visit if you have any interest in the roots of your Christian faith. 2-50 Euros entry fee to help with the restoration. There isn’t really a whole lot to look at, its only 2 small rooms and much of the original building has been lost over the centuries. However, Roy, the guide/narrator was excellent and painted a fascinating portrait of the history of the Jewish community in Barcelona. Most of the artefacts on display are not specific to this particular synagogue but they do lend it authenticity. I was impressed with the silver ‘pointer’; presumably the rabbi prefers not touch the scroll with his own hands as the Word of God is too precious.

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Visited September 2012
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