Oldest Damascus Synagogue

Collection with 22 media items created by Jawad Arbini

Syria 18 Apr 2016 13:24

Ancient Jewish and Islamic sites in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus are victims of the Syrian civil war. The rebel held area includes the oldest synagogue in Damascus and one of the oldest in the world.
The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue complex was heavily damaged in May of 2014, during shelling by the Syrian regime forces as they attempted to retake the area.
Mortar bombs also damaged and destroyed neighboring ancient Islamic sites such as the al-Sadat Mosque, al-Assaami tomb, and the Old Bath. All were hundreds of years old.
The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue used to contain what is believed to be the oldest Torah. Both regime and rebels accuse the other of stealing the synagogue’s artifacts.
The Jobar neighborhood has been controlled by Syrian rebels since regime forces withdrew in 2013. It is the closest opposition held area to central Damascus, and witnesses clashes almost on a daily basis.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 01
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of a mortar bomb on the walls of the destroyed Old Bath, an ancient building located 450 meters to the east of The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 02
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Al-Sadat Mosque was also destroyed in the Syrian civil war. The famous ancient mosque is located some 450 meters to the east of the The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Destroyed buildings near The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Old Bath, an ancient building located 450 meters to the east of The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Old Bath, an ancient building located 450 meters to the east of The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 10
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 12
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

On the wall The Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue a plaque stating it was from 720 b.c.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

On the wall The Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue a plaque stating it was from 720 b.c.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 20
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Al-Sadat Mosque was also destroyed in the Syrian civil war. The famous ancient mosque is located some 450 meters to the east of the The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Destroyed buildings near The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 22
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Al-Sadat Mosque was also destroyed in the Syrian civil war. The famous ancient mosque is located some 450 meters to the east of the The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.