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    The synagogue of Carpentras under renovation


    The synagogue of Carpentras is the oldest synagogue in France still in activity. Built by the Comtadine Jews in 1367, it was rebuilt and enlarged in the 18th century. Today, it is the subject of conservation and development work.

    The most visited monument in Carpentras

    In addition to the prayer hall, known for its starry vault, the synagogue has a mikveh (ritual ablution room) in excellent condition and two bakeries. Its architecture and interior decoration, masterpiece of 18th century rococo religious art, make it the city's most visited monument.

    Synagogue of Carpentras

    The hall of worship of the Synagogue of Carpentras. Credit: Association for the enhancement of the Jewish cultural heritage of Carpentras


    Extensive renovation work

    On the occasion of its 650th anniversary, the synagogue is being thoroughly renovated. Classified as an Historic Monument, it has been examined by Renzo Wieder, architect from the Batîments de France.

    The aim is to restore ceilings, facings and mosaics, but also to modernise electrical installations and make the building more accessible to the many visitors who visit it every year. Those works are necessary to safeguard and maintain this historic site.

    The project will last three years, until 2019. It began in January 2017 with the restoration of the ceilings of the hall of worship. The starry vault, designed in 1750, was thus able to regain its lustre.

    The starry vault of the synagogue of Carpentras

    The starry vault of the cult hall has regained its original colours and appearance. Credit: Association for the enhancement of the Jewish cultural heritage of Capentras


    In a second phase, the facings of the church hall will be restored and the electrical and heating systems brought up to standard.

    The third phase will cover mosaics, ironwork and lighting, as well as the installation of an elevator

    Cultural events

    The synagogue remains open during the works.

    To mark its 650th anniversary, numerous cultural events (concerts, conferences, exhibitions, etc.) are organized throughout the year 2017 in the synagogue.

    The funds raised will help finance the renovation work

    Program (pdf. In French)

    These renovation works, as well as the events organized on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of the synagogue, are carried out by the Association for the valorisation of the Jewish cultural heritage of Capentras with the support of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah.

    Practical information

    15 place Maurice Charretier
    84200 Carpentras

    Visits of the synagogue are organized all year round.
    Contact : + 33 (0)4 90 63 39 97 /

    Admission fees : 5 €

    The synagogue is closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.


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