"Everything here dates back from 1701," said curator Maurice Bitton.
"All this furniture is original.
Nothing has been changed here in more than 300 years now."
noted that the Bevis Marks Synagogue
, which holds traditional Sephardic Spanish and Portuguese services, is the only synagogue in all of Europe that has had prayers continuously for more than three centuries.
"We are situated in the center of the old city, so not many people live around here anymore," he
Bitton explained that nowadays, the only people who are allowed to sit in Montefiore's seat are special dignitaries, such as former Israeli President Chaim Weizmann, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles, and Prince Philip.