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Etz-Hayyim Synagogue

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Etz-Hayyim Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location 35°30′56″N 24°01′00″E
Phone number 28210-86286
Country Greece
City Crete
Address Parados Kondylaki Chania 730 11, Greece

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.etz-hayyim-hania.org/
Geographical Coordinates 35.51569,24.0167


Summary

The Etz Hayyim Synagogue (Hebrew: בית הכנסת עץ חיים‎) is the only surviving remnant of the once Jewish community on the Greek isle of Crete. After being restored, the synagogue has become tourist destination and has attracted visits from foreign dignitaries like Queen Sofía of Spain, the sister of the former King Constantine II of Greece, who made a sudden and unannounced visit to the site on March 6, 2006. The synagogue was the target of an arson attack January 5, 2010.


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