Crete Sights

Etz Hayyim Synagogue

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 02/14/2017

Fodor's Review

This ancient landmark is tucked away in what was once the Jewish ghetto, a warren of narrow lanes known as Evraki, just off the harbor south of the Firka. The building was formerly the Venetian church of St. Catherine, became a synagogue under the Ottomans in the 16th century, and was sorely neglected and near collapse by the end of the 20th century. Venetian Gothic arches, a mikveh (ritual bath), tombs of three rabbis, and other architectural features have been beautifully restored and are a stirring memorial to Crete's once sizable Jewish population, obliterated during World War II; many Cretan jews drowned when a British torpedo sunk the ship carrying them toward Auschwitz in 1944.

Sight Information

Address:

Parodos Kondylaki, Chania, Crete, 73100, Greece

Phone:

28210-86286

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 02/14/2017

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