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Restored synagogue in Mumbai reopens

PTI mumbai
Updated: 05-02-2019 18:26 IST
Restored synagogue in Mumbai reopens

Restored synagogue in Mumbai reopens Mumbai, Feb 5 ({TI) Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue in Kala Ghoda, popularly known as the Blue Synagogue, was thrown open to the public Tuesday, after a year and a half of restoration work. Among Mumbai's iconic structures, the 135-year-old synagogue is open to not only members of the Jewish community but to all people irrespective of faith.

Solomon Sopher, chairman of the Sir Jacob Sassoon and Allied Trust said, "Visitors will have to carry a valid ID that will be checked by our security team". The place features Victorian stained-glass windows, Burma teak interiors and furnishing, and pillars with gold trim.

The facade now sports a white and darker blue combination from the earlier sky blue that gave this house of worship its popular name. Conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah, with support from JSW Foundation, has transformed the place.

The synagogue was built in 1884 by Jacob Elias Sassoon, grandson of David Sassoon, in memory of his father Eliyahoo Sassoon. In 2008, Madonna had dropped by while she was in the city..