Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9780920785669 Published March 2001

Fortifications and the Synagogue

The Fortress of Babylon and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo

Phyllis Lambert

Fortifications and the Synagogue
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Phyllis Lambert

Distributed for Phyllis Lambert in Association with the Canadian Centre for Architecture

280 pages | illustrated throughout in color | 10-1/2 x 10-1/2 | © 1994
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9780920785669 Published March 2001
The Ben Ezra Synagogue, in Cairo, is best known as the synogogue in which the 'Cairo Geniza' was found—an astonishingly rich store of ancient books, manuscripts, correspondences, and records dating back to the tenth century. Copiously illustrated with plans, engravings, and photographs, Fortifications and the Synagogue describes the recent restoration of this ancient synagogue, as well as the historical and archaeological research essential to its preservation and to an understanding of the religious communities that founded modern Cairo. The work is unprecedented in its comprehensive examination of the subject, presenting the first measured survey and photographic study of the fortress and synagogue, the first thorough study of the Geniza manuscripts, and a complete history of the synagogue from the Geniza period to the present.
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