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One Day Trip Efes - Selçuk

One Day Trip Efes - Selçuk

Today we’re in Selçuk, which has witnessed many different periods of history...

A Day Full of History

A Day Full of History

There are many historical buildings that deserve to be seen in the center of İzmir.

Hevra Synagogue

Hevra Synagogue

This synagogue, also known as the Talmud Torah, was probably founded in the early 17th century during the time of Rabbi Yosef Eskapa. It is situated within the complex of four adjacent synagogues at the market place in İzmir, where for many generations was the heart of the Jewish quarter in İzmir in which most Jews lived until recently.

The synagogue was ruined by fire and renovated several times, went out of use after its ceiling collapsed and was destroyed. In the past, it was considered one of the most beautiful buildings in İzmir, but it’s hard to notice that in its current state. However, it is still possible to see within the ruins, the remains of the handsome ark and the beautiful holy chest.

The synagogue had a small religious school that also resembled a synagogue. These schools, which were usually located in the foyer leading to the prayer hall, served as small prayer houses, as well as places for the study of the Torah.

Beth Israel Synagogue
Beth Israel Synagogue

The construction of this synagogue in Karataş started in 1905 but could not be completed until 1907. The building’s architecture is...

Algazi Synagogue
Algazi Synagogue

Built by the Algazi Family in 1724, this structure is the biggest synagogue after the Beth Israel Synagogue.

Hevra Synagogue
Hevra Synagogue

This synagogue, also known as the Talmud Torah, was probably founded in the early 17th century during the time of Rabbi Yosef Eskapa

La Signora Synagogue
La Signora Synagogue

La Sinyora Synagogue is located in Kemeraltı, near Havra street. Historian Galante thinkgs that this synagogue was founded by Aseo of...

Etz Ha-Haim Synagogue
Etz Ha-Haim Synagogue

The name “tree of life” was widely used for synagogues in Greek-speaking communities in the Ottoman Empire from the period of the Byzantine...

Beit Hillel Synagogue
Beit Hillel Synagogue

Located in Kemeraltı, near Synagogue Street, Beit Hillel Synagogue served in the past as the home of the Palache family, a family of famous...

Shalom Synagogue
Shalom Synagogue

Located in Kemeraltı, Shalom Synagogue was one of the first communities active in İzmir and was probably founded in the 17th century.

Portuguese Synagogue
Portuguese Synagogue

Located in Kemeraltı, Portuguese Synagogue is the only synagogue in İzmir which is named after the country of origin of its immigrant...

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...

Karataş Synagogues
Karataş Synagogues

Karataş is one of the two places where the synagogues are concentrated in İzmir together with Kemeraltı.

Kemeraltı Synagogues
Kemeraltı Synagogues

Kemeraltı is one of the two places where the synagogues are concentrated in İzmir together with Karataş.

Rosh Ha-Har Synagogue
Rosh Ha-Har Synagogue

In the upper part of Karataş, Konak, there is a relatively small synagogue named "Rosh Ha-Har", indicating its location at the...

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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