Spanish Synagogue, Venice

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The Spanish Synagogue is one of the two functioning synagogues in the Venetian Ghetto of Venice, northern Italy. It is open for services from Passover until the end of the High Holiday season.
The Spanish Synagogue was founded by Jews expelled from the Iberian peninsula in the 1490s who reached Venice, usually via Amsterdam, Livorno or Ferrara, in the 1550s. The four-story yellow stone building, designed by architect Baldassarre Longhena was constructed in 1580 and was restored in 1635. It is a clandestine synagogue, which was tolerated on the condition that it be concealed within a building that gives no appearance being a house of worship form the exterior, although the interior is elaborately decorated.

The synagogue’s ornate interior contains three large chandeliers and a dozen smaller ones, as well as a huge sculpted wooden ceiling.
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  • This is one of five historic synagogues which you can visit as part of the tour of the Jewish ghetto and museum. While we only saw this one from the outside (they only let you see 3 altogether), it's ...  more »
  • The visit to the Jewish museum and synagogues is very interesting. Especially for synagogues. This is a guided tour in English. Possible in French on certain days at certain times. English, however, is very easy. The explanations are interesting. One cannot imagine from the outside the presence of these five synagogues. Visiting the interior of its synagogues is well worth a visit
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  • The tour could have been a lot better. The guide was abrupt and on auto-pilot in her presentation. We contrast this tour to the one offered in Rome which was of high caliber and painted a strong and c...  more »
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