The Ben Ezra Synagogue... - Secret World

Kom Ghorab, Cairo Vecchia, Governatorato del Cairo, Egitto

by Megan Robbie


The Ben Ezra Synagogue is considered to be the oldest synagogue in the world and also the longest serving. A synagogue has stood on the site since at least the 9th century and served as the place of worship for Egypt’s Jewish community until a mass exodus to Israel in the 1950s. Throughout its history, the synagogue has been rebuilt. The original building was torn down around 1012 after Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah ordered the destruction of all Jewish and Christian places of worship. The synagogue was rebuilt between 1025 – 1040 and then completely rebuilt one more time in the 1890s. Like nearly all of Egypt’s synagogues, Ben Ezra is a tourist attraction and museum today.