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|Location Calle Ghetto Vecchio, 2914, Venezia, 30121 Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy|
|Open to visitors yes|
|Website http://jvenice.org/en/canton-synagogue :http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/m/the-merchant-of-venice/play-summary http://www.william-shakespeare.info/script-text-merchant-of-venice.htm|
|Geographical Coordinates 45.44534,12.32726|
Built in 1532, the Canton Synagogue, which follows the Askenazi rite, is regarded as one of the oldest and most important Jewish establishments in Venice. Like other Jewish establishments, the Canton is easily camouflaged with its surroundings and is easily overlooked by passerby, hiding what lies within: an intricately decorated holy ark, a pulpit with Pompeian style-ornaments, columns enmeshed with interlacing branches, and walls adorned with a handful of inscriptions and marble tablets.