Egypt, country's oldest synagogue renovated

In Alexandria, minister of antiquities at inauguration

15 January, 16:41

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JANUARY 15 - Egypt gave a new demonstration of harmonious cohabitation between religions sending its minister of antiquities, Khaled al-Anani, to inaugurate a historic synagogue following renovation work.

    The ceremony took place in recent days and involved a religious site in Alexandria that constitutes "the oldest Jewish monument remaining in Egypt", as defined in a Facebook post by the ministry, refering to the "Éliyahu Hanavi" synagogue, or "of the prophet Elijah".

    The building dates to 1881 and is composed of two floors, the upper of which is consecrated for prayer by women.

    The synagogue has a marble altar and houses "a large number of books of the Torah written on leather and paper", the ministry said.

    Egypt is a country with an overwhelming Islamic majority but it boasts a number of examples of attention by its institutions for religious minorities such as those of the Coptics (Egyptian Christians that represent 10-15% of the population) and Jews.(ANSAmed).

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