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The oldest of Istanbul’s sixteen active synagogues, Ahrida dates back to the early 1400’s. Due to a fire, it was terribly damaged in the late 17th century - and ultimately rebuilt in the Baroque style in the Tulip Period.
The Ahrida Synagogue is especially notable for its Teva (the pulpit), which takes the shape of a ship’s prow.
Legend has it that the Teva represents either Noah’s Ark or the Ottoman ships that transported the Sephardim from Spain to Turkey. It is truly magnificent in design.