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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.

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.

A small courtyard with a "sukkah" leads to the synagogue, and the roof of the sukkah is decorated with a crown, a unique decoration unknown from elsewhere. The synagogue has an unusual structure, with benches adjacent to the walls, the holy chest next to the eastern wall, and two smaller chests on each side, while the ark is adjacent to the opposite wall. However it is apparent that in the past, the ark used to stand at the center of the hall, inside a frame made of four pillars, and it was only later that it was moved to the back wall. Two staircases lead to the impressive ark carved of wood.

The synagogue has undergone many changes over the years, but unlike the other synagogues and many houses in the Jewish quarter, it was miraculously saved from the great fire of 1841, when the fire stopped just before the entrance to the synagogue.

Installed at the front of the synagogue, there is an ancient marble tablet, depicting in Hebrew the history of the synagogue during the great fire.

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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