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Great Synagogue of Florence

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Basic Information

Location 43° 46′ 22″ N, 11° 15′ 59″ E
Phone number +39 055 234 6654
Country Italy
City Florence
Address Via Luigi Carlo Farini, 6 50121 Florence

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Geographical Coordinates 43.77265,11.26646


Summary

The Great Synagogue of Florence or Tempio Maggiore is a notable synagogue in Florence, Italy.


History and time period

The synagogue was built between 1874 and 1882.

Layers of travertine and granite alternate in the masonry, creating a striped effect like that of the Siena Cathedral. Old photographs show bold red and beige stripes, but the bold colors of the stone have faded over time, leaving a more mottled effect.

Inside the building every square inch is covered with colored designs in Moorish patterns.

During World War II Fascist soldiers used the synagogue as a vehicle garage. In August 1944 retreating German troops worked with Italian Fascists to destroy the synagogue, but the Italian resistance managed to defuse most of the explosives. Only a limited amount of damage was done. The synagogue was restored after the war. It was restored again after damage by massive flooding in 1966.


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