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Address: Rue Hebraique, 84300 Cavaillon, France
Phone Number: +33 4 90 76 00 34

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Cavaillon was one of four Provençal cities where, in the Middle Ages, Jews were allowed to live by Papal decree. In 1499, they were also authorized to build a synagogue, but it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Cavaillon was one of four Provençal cities where, in the Middle Ages, Jews were allowed to live by Papal decree. In 1499, they were also authorized to build a synagogue, but it had to be discreet. As Jews were limited to just a few professions, not including architect, this synagogue was designed by a Gentile. It is entered through an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Very small but beautiful synagogue decorated in a unique style, very different from synagogue's in other parts of Europe. The synagogue can only be visited with a guide so make sure you check the times for the organised tours. The lady who showed us around was friendly, informed and spoke english well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Went in short tour of this second eldest synagogue in France. Excellent guide, very interesting and beautifully decorated.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Make sure to go before or after lunch, most places close for lunch. Great tour information of how people lived and prayed at this synagogue

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

The tour in English was 5 Euros and takes about 30 minutes. The building is old and was rebuilt in the 1700s from a much older one 1400s. The jewish community was protected by the Pope - The Popes Jews . The building is colourfully painted and elaborately decorated but most religious symbols were subtle or hidden. Good tour and... More 

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

This is the 2nd oldest synagogue in Europe. It was built in the 1400's. They provide a tour through this small synagoge which is no longer in use as there is no Jewish community still living there. It is a very small synagogoue & was redone in a baroque style of design which seems so odd in a synagogue. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

This us a tiny synagogue. It's easy to find on the self-guided tour of old Cavaillon. We had a guided tour by an enthusiastic English-speaking guide. Because the synagogue is small, it doesn't take long, but is worth the visit. Very different to the synagogue in Carpentras just 20km away to the north.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

Arrived at the Synagogue and greeted by Site Manager/Tour Guide. Perfect English, much appreciated. Gave us a wonderful tour of the Synagogue and information about the history of Judaism in Provence. Some very interesting artifacts. Most accomadating and knowledgeable. Many one way streets in Cavaillon, Police helpful, all seem to know about the Synagogue and offer directions including where to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

A really different tourist site. You cannot believe so many people occupied such a small area. The guide was interesting and explained the history very well. All in all, well worth a visit and one of the better things to do in Cavaillon

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

For the traveler interested in Jewish history, this is a must-see. But it's a fascinating tour for anyone who happens to be in the area. The volunteer who took us through was passionate about her interest in the subject, and it showed. A very worthwhile stop.

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