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Bikur Holim Synagogue

Bikur Holim Synagogue

Located in Kemeraltı, Bikur Holim Synagogue was founded in 1724 by Shlomo de Chaves, who donated the building to the community for use as a synagogue.

The name of the synagogue 'Bikur Holim' was given to it when the basement of the building was converted to a hospital during the cholera plague that struck the city.

The synagogue was burnt twice in the 18th century, and descendants of de Chaves renovated it every time. The synagogue is considered of the most beautiful of its kind in the city. A wall and a gate also surround this synagogue, and the entrance to the prayer hall is through a small religious school with an ark and a holy chest of its own. In the center of the prayer hall, there is an amazing elevated ark and attached benches around it. The ark has columns supporting the ceiling of the synagogue, giving it a monumental character. The ceiling is unique and decorated with geometric patterns that give the synagogue a distinctive unusual character. The holy chest is relatively modest and like in other synagogues in Izmir, is situated between two smaller cabinets.

The basement of the synagogue served various purposes over the years, including a prison for judgments of the community Court, which enjoyed legal autonomy in the Ottoman Empire.

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Bikur Holim Synagogue

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Güzelyurt, Eşrefpaşa Cd. No:44, 35250 Konak/İzmir

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