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I came upon Sabbioneta by surprise and the story of the town, it's visionary founder, the political forces in the north of Italy of the 16th Century....and, then, after the Ducal Palace and the Teatro Antico, there is a Synagogue which remains - vestige of...More
Interesting relic of the former Jewish community, who settled here to lend money when such practices were forbidden by the Christian church. The synagogue itself is relatively modern (18th century?), but there is lots of information on the community which is worth the long climb...More
This anchient building is important historically because it traces the will of a small Jewish community to create a congregation and a communal space. This was the closest thing for me to going back to Babylon.
I saw as part of an excellent city-sponsored tour of the town.. A great testimonial to Vespasiano Gonzaga's vision and the thriving Jewish life (see the works of the printer Tobias ben Eliezer Foa) of Sabbioneta at a time when Jews were begun to be...More