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This building dates from the 14th century and was originally a Venetian Catholic church; given to the Jewish Community during the Ottomon Empire. It is one of the few remaining remnants of the Jewish community in Crete. Weekly prayers are still held here in Hebrew and there is an extensive research library on the premises where visitors can learn about all aspects of Judaism. Prior to the Second World War there was a large Jewish community in Crete with a history dating back 2,400 years but fewer than 20 individuals survived, some fled overseas but most were executed. The Etz Hayyim Synagogue has set up a database to find all of the Jews around the world that have connections here. Admission is free and it open daily from 10am until 6pm. All visitors are requested to dress respectively.