相片集

Photographer's Note

To finish my little little series on religious places, here it is a photo of a Jewish temple (synagogue) located in the Muslim Tunisia. Actually, this isn't the synagogue proper, but the door of the attached pilgrims hostel.

I'll transcribe part the note of my earlier post of this place, which has two attached WS's, one with the external entrance of the compound and another with the synagogue door.

This synagogue is commonly referenced as the most important of North Africa. It is still the destination of an important Jewish pilgrimage on the time of Passover (aka Pesach, Pesah, Pesakh). Sadly, it is also famous for an Al-Qaeda terrorist attack that occurred in 2002 and in which 15 foreign tourists and 6 Tunisians were killed.

According to the Jewish oral tradition, the synagogue was built 2000 years ago by Jewish priest that fled Jerusalem after the destruction of the temple of that city. If that is true, it is one of the oldest synagogues of the world. The present construction is from the 19th century, but there are written references of the existence of a synagogue on the same place in the 16th century.

Until as late as the 1950's, the Jewish community of Djerba was an important one. Now almost all of the Jews have fled either to Israel or to France, but many still keep a house on the island and return every year. Jews and Muslims in Djerba always related peacefully, something that perhaps isn't so peculiar, as until the second half of the 20th century Jews were much less persecuted in Muslim countries than they were in most of the Christian ones; after all, many Jews expelled from Portugal and Spain in the 16th century found home in North Africa and Turkey.

Weblinks to more info:

Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora.

jewishrefugees.blogspot.com (blog article on the May-2007 pilgrimage).

talesmag.com (description of her own pilgrimage by an actual pilgrim).

Location (latitude, longitude): 33.81391,10.8591

---
Links to the other posts of the series: Sanctuary of Fatima (Christian, Portugal), Golden Buddha of Wat Traimit (Thailand), Pashupatinath (Hindu, Nepal) and Hassan II mosque (Muslim, Morocco).

Photo Information
Viewed: 5415
Points: 54
Discussions
Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
View More Pictures
explore TREKEARTH