Simon Attias Synagogue, Essaouira

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The Simon Attias Synagogue is a nineteenth-century synagogue in Essaouira, Morocco, formerly known as Mogador, Morocco. It is also known as the Bet Ha-Knesset Simon Attias, M'sod Attias and Shaarei T'filah (bet kenesset, 'house of assembly' or בית תפילה bet tefila, "house of prayer"). The synagogue was built in 1882.
The synagogue forms one wing of a masonry, courtyard building that also contained the home of Simon Attias. A single, large door set into a Horseshoe arch leads into the suite of buildings. The synagogue is on the second floor. The ground floor once held shops. The third floor contained the offices of Jewish courts, which heard both commercial and personal cases. The synagogue proper is a space two stories high, with large, rounded-arch windows and a women's gallery.
The interior woodword was carved in London. The large, wooden Torah Ark featured columns and a rounded pediment, and is decorated with floral carvings. A large number of memorial lambs survived in 1993, including one to the memory of Simon Attias, who died in 1892. In 1993 the synagogue was in sound condition. In 2009 it is closed and is now undergoing restoration and conversion to a museum.
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  • located in the heart of the Medina , the building was fully renovated, and now it s of course a synagogue but also an beautiful tiny museum who promoted the linked between the jewish community and...  more »
  • I visited in January 2020. Had one heavy day of continous rain, but that was just unlucky. Other days were sunny. Essaouira is a fabulous place for a short stay - I stayed for 4 nights. Unlike...  more »
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  • Since my last visit in 2016 lot of things changed. First of all whole house is now open for visitors. You just need to know there is a synagogue and museum behind the closed doors, as usually its closed and there is no sign from outside reminding its a tourist place to visit. Synagogue Slat Attia is one of the 3 synagogues open in Essaouira. When you get there, just ring the bell, and they will open the door for you, entrance is free of charge (October 2019). What is open for public is former synagogue on the right from the entrance, beautifully restored, upper gallery is women gallery, not sure its accessible, and main patio-courtyard with exhibition of Jewish life and peaceful coexistence in this tolerant city. This is also demonstrated by 2 signs on the sides of patio entrance: SHALOM ALAYKOUM - SALAM LEKOULAM Definitely worth to visit, exhibition is fantastic and very professionally prepared showing all aspects of Jewish life, from special clothes, to jewelry, old books and religious artifacts.
  • What a rich history, small look at this synagogue gives a spiritual feelings

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