Jewish Heritage Tour Izmir

Sightseeing Historical Day Trip

Departure from your hotel. Visit Bet Israel Synagogue which is the largest synagogue in Izmir built in 1907. Then visit the Kemeraltı district and see the Synagogues street. Visit the Bikur Holim synagogue founded in 1724 by Shlomo de Chaves, who donated the building to the community for use as a synagogue. The name of the synagogue ‘Bikur Holim’ was given to it when the basement of the building was converted to a hospital during the cholera plague that struck the city. Then continue to Algazi Synagogue located at the heart of the ancient complex of synagogues in the market place in Izmir, is one of the most beautiful of its kind in the city. Built in 1724 and renovated several times it is associated with the Algazi family, who was a well-known family of poets and rabbis in Izmir. Rabbi Shlomo Elgazi, a disciple of Rabbi Yosef Eskapa, was known with his firm opposition to Shabbai Zvi during the turbulent days of this episode. This synagogue also suffered from ravages of time and nature and was renovated several times. At the same area we will also see some abandoned synagogues then we will proceed to Senora Synagogue built in the sixties of the 17th century, but since then has gone through far-reaching changes, constructions, and many renovations. Its structure is a beautiful gem, with an entrance through an iron gate, hiding behind it a lovely garden leading to the upper women’s gallery at the synagogue. Back to the hotel, end of our services.

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