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Asmara Synagogue - 2015

The building was very nice from the outside, but unfortunately was closed at the time of my visit... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2015
K3671DSstevenk
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New York City, New York
Beautiful synagogue in the middle of Asmara

I would have given the synagogue in Asmara 5 stars but it was closed when we visited so we can only... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2015
Awet Y
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 Oct 2018
“Beautiful, but almost expired”
25 Aug 2018
“closed”
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Overshadowed by the city's larger Christian and Muslim structures, the Synagogue of Asmara is a beautiful religious building in its own right.
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

Beautiful outside, if you’re lucky caretaker will let you in to enjoy the exquisite inside. Only 1 person, Sami Cohen, uses and maintains it. If you’re extra lucky, he will meet you there or at his house and relate stories of how the Asmara Jewish...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Richard J
Reviewed 25 August 2018

historied building, but closed, as the one man government of Eritrea only tolerates certain faiths, which excludes 99,9 of all religions, but when in Rome, or Asmara, do as the Romanians do it, with their eyes closed.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Cineasta
Reviewed 2 June 2015

The building was very nice from the outside, but unfortunately was closed at the time of my visit. The building is apparently open at times, but there was not signage or other indication of when.

Date of experience: May 2015
2  Thank K3671DSstevenk
Reviewed 27 January 2015

I would have given the synagogue in Asmara 5 stars but it was closed when we visited so we can only enjoy its beauty from outside. The synagogue sits amidst a beautiful side street of palm trees in central Asmara, not far from Cinema Impero....More

Date of experience: January 2015
2  Thank Awet Y
Reviewed 6 December 2014

I visited with Sami who is the last Jew of Asmara--I say last because a quorum of ten, called ‘minyam,’ is necessary for a real service. I went for the Purim celebration which consists of reading the book of Esther, the story of Moredecai and...More

Date of experience: March 2014
2  Thank DocRichardson
Reviewed 19 October 2014

Eritreans are very tolerant and respect all religious facilities. This building is a wonderful testament to the contributions of the Jewish community in Eritrea.

Date of experience: October 2014
3  Thank skink
Reviewed 17 November 2013

The Synagogue is a pretty building. However, it seems to be permanently closed. You cannot go past the locked outer gate.

Date of experience: November 2013
Thank nicoletraveler
Reviewed 25 October 2011

Yes, it is there, but open only once a year or so. Rather unimpresive and hard to find, but a testimony to colourful history of Asmara.

Date of experience: March 2011
Thank Krakonosh
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