Sephardic Synagogues

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Sephardic Synagogues information

Location
Jerusalem , Israel
Opening hours
9.30am-4pm Sun-Thu, to noon Fri
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South of Hurva Sq, on HaTupim St, are four Sephardic synagogues , two of which date back as far as the 16th century. In accordance with a law of the time stating that synagogues could not be taller than neighbouring buildings, this grouping was sunk deep into the ground – a measure that certainly saved the buildings from destruction during the bombardment of the quarter in 1948. Instead, the synagogues were looted by the Jordanians and then used as sheep pens. They have been restored using the remains of Italian synagogues damaged during WWII and are back in use for morning and evening services.