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AHRIDA SYNAGOGUE

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A glorious example of the rich cultural life of Turkish Jews, the Ahrida has its rightful place among major synagogues of the world.The oldest of İstanbul’s 16 synagogues in use today, located in the neighborhood of Balat, the Ahrida dates from the early 15th century.

A remarkable feature of the Ahrida is its Teva (Bima) which is in the shape of the prow of a ship. The tradition says that it symbolizes either Noah’s Ark or the Ottoman ships which transported the Sephardim from Spain to Turkey. It is truly magnificent in design.

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