About Ben Ezra Synagogue

Ben Ezra Synagogue was a Christian place of worship called El-Shamisen Church. The building was constructed on the same spot where Moses was found as a baby in a basket. The Coptic Christians who owned it weren’t able to pay the annual tax that was imposed by the Muslim rulers; they sold the church to Abraham Ben Ezra. He bought the building in 882 AD for 20,000 dinars and converted it into a Jewish synagogue. In 1890, almost as many as 300,000 priceless manuscripts were found here. This collection is now known as the Cairo Geniza. This attraction is the most visited Jewish site in the city.  A must visit for the extraordinary history of this attraction.

Must See

The oldest church, Babylon fortress.

How to reach

The nearest metro station is the Mar Girgis in the district of Old Cairo. 10 minutes walk from the metro station to the destination. 
Best to hire an Uber or taxi.                           


  • The synagogue may seem quite ordinary, but the history behind it is very extraordinary.
  • This is a very quiet and serene synagogue; you will like the peaceful environment here
  • Photographs are not allowed here.
  • Always carry an ample amount of water so that you can stay hydrated during your tour.
  • Make sure to carry sunscreen if it's sunny outside.

Visit Time

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday: Closed.

Tuesday: Closed.  

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Time you can spend

1 hour


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