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Dir-Aziz Synagogue

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Dir-Aziz Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location 32.86500 35.71247
Country Israel
City Moshav Kanaf
Address Ramat haGolan, next to Moshav Kanaf

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 32.865,35.71247


Summary

The Dir Aziz synagogue, was first described by Laurence Oliphant in 1885. In his report were details of an extant three-meter-high wall, but it is believed to have collapsed in a 1920 earthquake. Features of the synagogue that have survived include a basalt stone floor, remains of what were once eight pillars, and three benches. Archeologists recovered hundreds of Byzantine coins from beneath the floor of the synagogue.

The synagogue is unlike other Golan Heights synagogues in that when the worshipers faced south they were facing the structure's long wall rather than its wide one. In that regard, the synagogue shares a feature common to synagogues in the southern Hebron hills.


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