Following the rout of Agnadello in 1509, many people fled to the islands, fearing the arrival of the soldiers. Among them ... More
The Jewish Museum of Venice
Following the rout of Agnadello in 1509, many people fled to the islands, fearing the arrival of the soldiers. Among them were many Jews who opened textile and rag shops near Rialto . Problems such as the imposition of a huge tax to fund the war against the Pope and the Emperor left the Jews with nowhere to live, and in 1516 they were forced to move to the area surrounding the old foundries near San Girolamo. The word ghetto is in fact derived from the Italian word getto which means to cast, or to throw. The hard "g" was only added later, by the Germans, when ghettos were introduced in Germany. The city never really approved of the creation of the ghetto, considering it intolerant and exclusive. Many Jews were moneylenders and this cash was important for commerce; many were excellent doctors and well-respected in the community. Eventually the law was ignored and Jews were integrated into city life once more.
When you get to the ghetto you can take a guided tour of the three ancient synagogues that are adjacent to each other. Of German, French and Italian origins, these are unique and amazing examples of synagogues that served the since departed Jewish populations. Each synagogue is unique in style and surprisingly small. You will learn about the Italian/Roman Jewish sect that has traditions and rituals different from those of other Jews. There is a bookstore and museum within the complex and stores on the Campo sell Jewish memorobilia made of Murano glass. There are several plaques commemorating the Nazi raids during World War II.
San Polo and Santa Margherita are the largest piazzas in Venice. Coming from San Tomà the church is barely visible
and the bell tower, detached from the building, is visible from the other side of the three meter wide ...
The speciality here is murrine, glass jewels that are typical of Murano . The technique for making these consists of
putting together slivers of multi coloured glass, melting them down and then cutting them widthways in order to obtain ...
Started in the 9th century, Basilica di San Marco's architecture shows a Byzantine influence: Note the golden altarpiece Pala dOro
(Golden Pall) and the 13th and 14th century mosaics that illustrate scenes from the bible. The magnificent domes date ...
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