Shar Hashamaim Synagogue

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Shar Hashamaim Synagogue information

Location
Cairo , Egypt
Address
Sharia Adly
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One of the few remaining testaments to Cairo’s once-thriving Jewish community, this art-nouveau-meets-ancient-Egypt Sephardic synagogue is now seldom used, and the heavy police presence makes for a rather tense scene. When it opened in 1899, there was a large Jewish community in Cairo, but the last time the synagogue was full was in the 1960s. The interior is theoretically open to visitors, but the rigorous security check is often scrapped in favour of full closure.