Archaeologist excavated two ancient synagogues in Antalya. In 2009, one of the synagogue in the port city was found in Andriake located near Antalya. It was built in the 3rd century after Jews were allowed to become Roman Citizen. You can still find of menorah and other Jewish symbols on this structure. Similarly, another synagogue was discovered in 2012 in the ancient city of Limyra.
This synagogue was an active place of worship until the fire broke up. It was built in 19th century but the structure was abandoned after serious fire in 1940s. It was restored after much restoration. The muncipility also worked hard to incorporate the original colours and designs in the synagogue.
Jewish people are present in this region since the arrival of Romaniote Jews during the Byzantine era and through the influx of Sephardic Jews from Iberia. You can find Jewish cemetery which are horizontal slabs in Sephardic manner.
The synagogue replaced 13 synagogues in 1905. It is one of the largest in Europe and has a capacity of 1200 people till 1983. This synagogue closed down for the worshipper. It reopened in 2015 after $2.5 million restoration process and now it serves as cultural center and place for worship.
This synagogue dates back to 1920s. Government worked on restoration project and reopened it for tourist and worshipers.
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