The Jewish synagogue in Kochi was built in 1568 AD. Scrolls of Old Testament and a number of copper plates inscribed in the Hebrew script are preserved in this Synagogue. This synagogue stands out as a testimony of communal harmony in the state for centuries.
The Jewish Synagogue is the oldest Synagogue in the common wealth countries. It is located at Mattancherry and still has the scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates, which recorded the grants of privilege, bequeathed by the Kochi rulers.
The strange fact about the place is that not one of the nearly two hundred year old tiles resembles another. There are several finely wrought gold and silver crowns gifted to the synagogue by the various patrons.
The Synagogue contains many articles of interest including giant scrolls of the Old Testament, copper plates, painted Chinese tiles and Belgium chandeliers.
It is an important evidence of the religious heritage. The place signifies souvenirs of love and affection presented by the kings of Kochi. It is believed to be the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Jew Town, as it is locally known in Mattancherry, is popular for curios and handicrafts of all hues and forms.