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PARADESI SYNAGOGUE

PARADESI SYNAGOGUE
Kochi, India
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BACKGROUND

Paradesi Synagogue, in the southern Indian port city of Kochi, is the oldest synagogue in India as well as the entire British Commonwealth. Founded in 1568 by Spanish and Dutch Sephardic Jews, the synagogue has a highly decorative interior that reflects the tastes and traditions of the many cultures that flourished along trade routes in the region. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF’s work at Paradesi Synagogue began in 1996, documenting the condition of the complex and establishing a master conservation plan. In 2001, WMF started to work predominantly on the synagogue’s clock tower, a prominent feature that rises 45 feet and dates from 1761. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

WMF’s work at Paradesi Synagogeu is part of our larger effort to celebrate the history of Jewish architectural and cultural heritage worldwide. WMF’s complete renovation of the clock tower, a prominent and symbolic representation of that history, serves as a beacon and catalyst for further attention to the importance of the site. (...)