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Siena Jewish Ghetto

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Siena Jewish Ghetto

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Basic Information

Location Via Salicotto, Siena
Country Italy
City Siena

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 43.31704,11.33433


Summary

The first community of Jews was established in Siena during the mid 13th century. During the late 16th century Jewish life in Siena began deteriorating, due to anti-Semitic measures taken by the Medici family. During this time the ghetto was established and Jews were forced to live there. Taxes were imposed upon them and women were forced to wear a yellow scarf whereas men were forced to wear yellow caps. In 1799 Napoleon's troops liberated the ghetto and Jews were then given full rights as citizens. However, antisemitism was only getting worse and Jews began emigrating from Siena. The ghetto stopped functioning only in 1859.


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