Visit the renovated Jewish Synagogue ‘Eliyahu Hanavi’ in Alexandria
If you’re looking for luxury tours in Alexandria, check out the Eliyahu Hanavi which has been restored and is located in Nabi Daniel street. This synagogue was built in the late 1300’s, but was later bombed by the French during the invasion of Egypt.
The Hanavi temple once consisted of Rabbanites and Karaites who started to emigrate to Egypt after their expulsion. After the structure was re-built in the 1850s, it was considered the larger of the two Synagogues in Alexandria, with room for 700 worshipers. Before the restoration, the roof and staircase of the structure collapsed in 2016, which caused a second destruction.
Learn all about the Jewish community and heritage when you visit Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue or any other Jewish synagogue still standing in Egypt. Now that it is set to open January, 2020, be one of the first to visit Alexandria synagogues, as well as, enjoy many of the best Alexandria attractions such as Citadel of Qaitbay, Alexandria National Museum, Kom El-Dikka and many other unforgettable attractions to choose from.
Experience the Best Tours in Alexandria
Start planning for the perfect trip to Egypt now and let us help you set up your excursions to Alexandria, starting with the Eliyahu Hanavi. The renovation and restoration of the synagogue has been set to place since 2017 and it cost 64 million Egyptian pounds ($4 million), with the main focus to revamp the architecture, lighting and security systems.
Enter the Jewish temple to find gorgeous marble columns, green and violet stained-glass windows and brass and wooden antiques. You can also find a closed chamber which holds 30 Torah scrolls collected from other temples which have now been closed. This Italian-built structure was once a home to over 30,000 Jews.
Egypt thrives to promote cultural heritage and the Jewish antiquities are an integral part of that. If you’re ever wondering about what to visit in Alexandria, book day tours in Alexandria to two of the remaining houses of worship, including the Eliyahu Hanavi, and you can also head to Cairo to check out an additional 9 Jewish synagogues which will give you a glimpse of the Jewish community in Egypt decades ago.
Alexandria Excursions to the Restored Synagogue
Now that the temple has been restored, it will be one of the main Alexandria highlights as it was considered one of the largest Synagogues in the Middle East where national and religious communities once lived and worked together. Marvel in Egypt’s Jewish community which numbered around 80,000 in the 1900s, but today stands fewer than 40 people.
Plan your trip to Egypt and book your luxury tours to Alexandria for an experience that you will never forget and sights that will fill you with astonishment and amazement, all while you gain knowledge about the Jewish community residing right here in Egypt.