Jew Town Cochin Reviews
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.
Part of the Southern India 2008 travel blog
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