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Ben Ezra Synagogue

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Ben Ezra Synagogue

Ben Ezra Synagogue is a Jewish synagogue located in Fustat part of Old Cairo, Egypt. In the past, the synagogue was a Coptic church that was sold to the Jews in 882 AD. The synagogue was later demolished, and it was rebuilt in the period between 1025 and 1040 during the Fatimid era. The synagogue was damaged over the years until it was completely demolished and reconstructed in 1890. Ben Ezra Synagogue includes a Geniza (a storage area in a Jewish synagogue) in which many Jewish documents were found. These documents date from the 11th century to the 19th century when they were discovered.

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Country: Egypt

District: Cairo Governorate

Category: Jewish Temples

Site History: 9th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Jewish

Later Cultures: Jewish

Site Features: Jewish Monuments

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