Jew Town

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Jew Town Cochin Reviews

AdamR3723 AdamR3723
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FEW JEWS Mar 03, 2017
Mattancherry begins where Fort Cochin ends. Mattancherry used to be home to several Indian Jewish communities. Today, only a handful of ageing Jewish people live here. Their families and the rest of the communities have long since emigrated from India, not because of persecution but for reasons of seeking economic betterment.

Memories of the Jewish communities linger on in Mattancherry. The main recollection of this now almost extinct community is the name 'Jew Town', which recalls that once Mattancherry was truly a Jewish town. The famous Paradesi Synagogue still attracts many tourists. But, how many people notice the now disused synagogue about half a kilometre south of it? How many people venture along Jewish Cemetery lane to peer through the gates of the large Jewish Cemetery?

Jew Town is amazingly picturesque with its old houses and shops, many of them selling souvenirs, spices, and antiques. Many of the shops that might have once been used by Jewish traders are now used by Moslem traders. Jew Town is agreat place to buy gifts to take home. There is also a good bookshop, and there are plenty of cafés and eateries.

Keep your eyes open for signs and symbols reminding the viewer of Mattancherry's not-so-distant Jewish past.
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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Great for an atmospheric afternoon stroll Sep 22, 2008
The main attraction of Jew Town is the Pardesi Synagogue. Originally, this synagogue was built in 1568, but it was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662. The Dutch rebuilt it two years later, and in 1760 the clock tower was added. The inside is very beautiful, with hand painted floor tiles from China and an ornate gold pulpit.

Even more worthwhile than the synagogue are the characteristic streets of Jew Town. There’s nothing particularly Jewish about this neighbourhoud, aside from the synagogue and Jewish names on some of the buildings. But the houses have cheerful bright colours and the shops are very attractive with tons of cute knickknacks.

If you are in the market for some souvenirs, Jew Town would be the best place to shop (although countless touts and rickshaw will do just about anything to get you into expensive shop for tourists with too much money in their wallets). It is advisable to bargain as hard as you can, don’t let the smart salesmen make you pay more than is necessary.
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Liselore_Verschuren says:
There's no link to an official website of Jew Town, but you could have a look at this:
Posted on: May 30, 2010

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