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A bit hard to find and not always open, the synagogue is really interesting and historic. It played an important part during period when many Jews lived in Essaouira and is still a very sacred place. Not much information available there and the guides don't...More
The Simon Attias Synagogue was built in 1882 in former Mogador, now Essaouira In Rue Laalouj in the Kasbah, just beside the former British consulate. It is also known as the Bet Ha-Knesset Simon Attias, M'sod Attias and Shaarei T'filah.
The synagogue was on the...More
We walked to the Mellah during the day. We were advised to stay out of this area at night as it was the only unsafe place in the Medina. The famous Rabbi Haim Pinto lead the congregation here and the Synagogue has a very interesting...More
We stumbled across the synagogue and were welcomed in by the caretaker who showed us around. Language-wise we got by with my old schoolgirl French and her few words of English.
The place itself is more significant for what it represents - a degree of...More
There is a sign that invites you to visit the synagogue. It advertises a free visit . Actually there is nothing to visit . You climb up the narrow staircase to a small almost empty room. There is Nothing to see.
Although it was locked when we went there, a very nice woman (her family was the caretakers after the Jews had to leave) let us in. She showed us around, all of the rooms and the sanctuary. It was beautiful, and well worth the visit.
The building is a good sample of a Sephardi synagogue and is well worth a visit
Unfortunately, though there doesn't seem to be any minyanim.
The redevelopment described doesn't seem to be affecting the synagogue.