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Chendamangalam Synagogue

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Chendamangalam Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location 10.1797°N 76.2097°E
Country India
City Kochi

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://cochinsyn.com/page-chenda.html
Geographical Coordinates 10.18011,76.20967


Summary

Chendamangalam (or Chennamangalam) is a small town and a panchayat in Paravur Taluk, Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala, India. It is about 23 km from Ernakulam. It has three rivers, seven inlets, hillocks and large expanses of green plain.

The Jews arrived in Chendamangalam after the destruction of the second temple and the final desolation of Jerusalem in (AD 69) and founded a colony. They moved to Fort Kochi in 1341 AD after the Great flood. All the synagogues in Kerala - Chendamangalam, Mala, and Kochi - have similar traditional architectural features: a central bimah of brass or silver metal on a concrete or stone base, an ark on the western wall and a balcony above the eastern entry to the sanctuary that is used by the reader on certain holidays. Behind the balcony is the women's gallery, with a stairway leading up to it, usually from outside the building.


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