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Canton Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location Calle Ghetto Vecchio, 2914, Venezia, 30121 Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Country Italy
City Venezia

General Information

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


Summary

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.


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