Friday, March 29, 2013

Campo del Ghetto Nuovo

Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, Venetian Ghetto
Cannaregio
Venice, October 2012

“The ghetto consists of an open square surrounded by ‘skyscrapers’ on three sides. The lack of space in the ghetto resulted in many buildings having as many as seven stories (with no elevator). Venetian laws forbade the building of separate synagogues, so the synagogues were built on the top floors of the buildings - Jewish law says there should be no obstructions between the congregation and the heavens. Frequent tours of three of the five synagogues are given by the nearby Museo Comunità Ebraica.”
(Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Sacred Destinations)

2 comments:

cieldequimper said...

I love the 'with no elevator' comment.

Dina said...

Sweet. So many (Jewish?) kids.