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  • Lungotevere Cenci 15 Map It
  • Jewish Ghetto

Published 04/25/2016

Fodor's Review

This aluminum-roofed synagogue has been the city's largest Jewish temple and a Roman landmark since its 1904 construction. The building also houses the Jewish Museum, with its precious ritual objects and other exhibits, which document the uninterrupted presence of a Jewish community for nearly 22 centuries. Until the 16th century, Jews were esteemed citizens of Rome. Among them were bankers and physicians to the popes, who had themselves given permission for the construction of synagogues. But in 1555, during the Counter-Reformation, Pope Paul IV decreeed the building of the walls of the Ghetto, confining the Jews to this small area and imposing a series of restrictions, some of which continued to be enforced until 1870. For security reasons, guided visits are mandatory; entrance to the synagogue is through the museum located in Via Catalana (Largo 16 Ottobre 1943).

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Lungotevere Cenci 15, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €11
  • Mid-Sept.–mid-June, Sun.–Thurs. 10–4:15, Fri. 9–1:15; mid-June–mid-Sept., Sun.–Thurs. 10–6:15, Fri. 10–3:15

Published 04/25/2016


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