AFTER more than a year of restoration, Alexandria’s Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue is to open this weekend. The synagogue, located in Nabi Daniel Street in downtown Alexandria, is the oldest in the city. Restoration work, worth LE64 million, aimed at revamping the synagogue’s architecture and fine decorative elements, as well as the lighting and security systems.
The synagogue was originally built in 1354 but was destroyed by the Napoleon expedition to Egypt in 1798 in order to build a defensive wall from the Kom Al-Dekka area to the Mediterranean. In 1850, the synagogue was reconstructed with contributions from the royal family.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 9 January, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.