Ben Ezra Synagogue In Old Cairo

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Ben Ezra Synagogue, Originally this was the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, but after being closed by the. khalif al-Hakim was purchased by the Jewish community. Much of it was rebuilt in the late 19th Century, although the basic fabric is original.

Ben Ezra Synagogue In Old Cairo
Ben Ezra Synagogue In Old Cairo

During the rebuilding, a hoard of several hundred old Hebrew manuscripts was uncovered. These are known as the Geniza documents, and provide a unique source for the history of the period from the early 11—16C (many are now in the BL).

 

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