About El Ghriba Synagogue

The El Ghriba Synagogue in Djerba is nothing short of stunning. It is the center of Tunisia’s Jewish life and is the oldest synagogue in the country. Built-in the 19th century the exterior is quite modest, but the interior is extravagant in rich blues and white.

Also known as the Djerba Synagogue, it is said that part of Solomon’s Temple was used in its construction. It is considered a very holy place and is the site of an annual pilgrimage and of festivities in honour of two rabbis. The body of a girl was found under the holy arch, adding to the spiritual nature of the synagogue.

The central courtyard is the perfect place for celebrations amidst the halls and columns. In the hall, there were originally twelve windows representing the tribes of Israel. The building remains unfinished, because according to tradition, “nothing, except for the divinity, is perfect.”

Must See

  • The place is of Jewish cultural significance
  • A historical place to be cherished by history buffs
  • It has an ancient synagogue's vibe and style of architecture
  • A Jewish sacred temple to be visited 
  • The breathtaking interiors feature blue-colored columns, multi-colored tiles, stained glass, and wooden furniture. 
  • The doors and windows deflect the dazzling light along the walls

How to reach

By train: 4 hours 52 minutes, 79.48 TND

By taxi: 4 hours 15 minutes, 141. 9 TND

525.0 km) via Autoroute A1/Trans-African Highway 1 and Autoroute A1

Tips

  • A great place to explore Jewish culture
  • The buildings exhibit Moorish architecture which renders the visitors with a unique experience 
  • The architecture is stunning and mesmerizing that can really captivate you
  • A historical place and a place of worship invoking a sense of spirituality 
  • A great place of ornamental value which may delight you 
  • It has an impressive collection of artifacts
  • Women must wear a headscarf
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Maintain silence and discipline inside the premises

Visit Time

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

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

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

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.

Closed(12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for lunch hours)

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Waiting Time

Nil

 

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Entrance Fee

No

 

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 32.92°C

 

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