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BethEl Synagogue

Synagogue in Kolkata

Literally meaning 'House of God', this atmospheric synagogue's front facade looks a little like a 1930s cinema. Within the building (dating back to 1856), there's an impressive colonnaded interior and some fascinating stained glasswork. Service in this synagogue is no longer held, but the chequered marble floors and sundry precious paraphernalia are all impeccably maintained. To get inside, you'll need to pre-contact the Jewish Community Affairs Office (tel 9831054669; 63 Park St).

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Kolkata, India

Opposite the synagogue is the decrepit Pollock St Post Office, once a grand Jewish school building. Walk a block north and Pollock St narrows into a very colourful market alley full of balloon, tinsel and plastic-plant vendors.

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