Serenely Elegant Rounded Arches of Africa's Oldest Synagogue
Translated from the Arabic El Ghriba means "The Marvelous", and this lovely photograph as shown on a Worldwide Gifts collectible fridge magnet is certainly a marvelous and beautiful image. El Ghriba Synagogue, also known as Djerba Synagogue, has been a holy place of pilgrimage for the Jewish community throughout Tunisia since its construction, and remains an extremely desirable place to visit for all faiths for its historical significance and architectural beauty.
This ancient synagogue was built in a traditional Moorish architectural style, with a simply classic courtyard exterior with a series of symmetrical rounded archways with white painted columns and walls and striking cobalt blue doors. The serene elegance of the exterior leads into a surprisingly decorative and ornate interior, featuring dramatic and intricate mosaic tile designs with brightly colored patterns. El Ghriba is one of many beautiful historic sites that attract visitors to the island of Djerba.
Additional Notable Religious and Historical Landmarks of Djerba
Many of the island's visitors come for the magnificent beaches, prepared to spend time lounging on the golden sands, or enjoying the turquoise seas. However, when you're ready to take a break from the exertions of kite surfing or snorkeling, you may enjoy some more sedate and relaxing pursuits, such as exploring the museums and historical sites of the area. In addition to visiting El Ghriba Synagogue, you may wish to the Bassi Mosque, Jama Fadloud, and the L'Eglishe Saint-Joseph.
You'll also enjoy the magnificent views from the top of the walls around Fort Ghazi Mustapha. The ancient fort provides a panoramic vista of the turquoise seas for miles and miles. Another great view is offered by the observation tower at the Guellala Museum, which also features an outstanding ancient pottery collection.