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A Day Full of History

A Day Full of History

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Beit Israel Synagogue

Beit Israel Synagogue

Located in Karataş, Mithat Paşa Street, Beit Israel is İzmir's largest and most magnificent synagogue and religious wedding ceremonies are usually held here.

Towards the end of the 19th century, the Jews settled in the region and applied to Sultan Abdulhamid II to establish a new and larger synagogue. Following the Sultan's decree on March 15, 1905, the construction of the Beit Israel Synagogue was initiated.

The synagogue was opened for worship in 1907, but economic insufficiencies delayed the completion of the interior decoration of it. The synagogue took its present form and appearance only in 1950. The synagogue has a tall and impressive facade, decorated with artistic elements and Jewish symbols. The splendor of the synagogue can be noticed in comparison to the small and modest synagogues in the market compound that were built in the Spanish style brought by Jews expelled from Spain and is different from them in architectural style.

The prayer hall of the synagogue is distinctive with its Italian architectural style and the Ashkenazi influence on the sitting arrangement; the benches are placed in rows facing the holy chest and there are two stages adjacent to the holy chest on its two sides. At the center of the ceiling, there is a dome structure with six sides with windows that transmit daylight to the prayer hall from above.

The eastern wall, the ceiling and the dome are decorated with classic style patterns. The holy chest and the columns supporting the gallery are made of wood carved with classic ornaments, and the wooden structure containing the holy chest and the two arks are stretched throughout the eastern wall. At the upper gallery, which was originally intended to be the women's gallery, there is a permanent exhibition of Judaic and religious articles, which tells the story of the Jewish community in İzmir and the history of the Beit Israel synagogue.

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Rosh Ha-Har Synagogue

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Beit Israel Synagogue
Beit Israel Synagogue

Located in Karataş, Mithat Paşa Street, Beit Israel is İzmir's largest and most magnificent synagogue and religious wedding ceremonies...

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Beit Israel Synagogue

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Turgut Reis, Mithatpaşa Cd. No:265, 35280 Konak/İzmir

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