Reviving the Renaissance Temples of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto

May 08, 2022 217

Strolling into the Jewish Ghetto right here, within the Cannaregio part of this watery metropolis, you wouldn’t know that there are 5 ornate synagogues nestled behind the partitions of the nondescript tenements that date again to the Sixteenth century.

The temples have been constructed on the highest flooring — based on Jewish legislation, synagogues needs to be the tallest buildings in a given space — and needed to be hidden as a result of Jews weren’t allowed to hope overtly. These homes of worship have been a lifeline for the estimated 5,000 Jews who lived within the ghetto at its most populous — a spot to assemble, have fun rites of passage, take refuge from a world that didn’t need them.

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