When In Kolkata, Visit This Gorgeous Synagogue

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Great For?

Heritage, History, Architecture.

What Makes It Awesome?

Walking across the junction of Brabourne Road on your right {coming from Howrah side} you will happen to spot the 140 feet high clock tower, not an easy to miss structure. That’s the lane which has Calcutta’s three synagogues and Maghen David happens to be one of them.

Built in 1884, Maghen David literally means the Shield of David. The entrance sees the Star of David, one of the three synagogues which have the most beautiful interiors. Marble floor, shiny chandeliers, and Belgium stained glass windows give this place its exotic look. The Alter here crowned with a Half Dome also known as Apse. The dome is star-studded and depicts heaven. The centre of the alter also sees the Ten Commandments. Though the prayer services have stopped long back, it’s the most ornate synagogue in the country. The keeper of this place is Anwar Khan{third generation caretaker}, a Muslim who hails from the Puri district of Odisha.