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The synagogue of Casale Monferrato


Published on:  2019-03-10 00:00:00

Expires on:  2026-03-10 00:00:00

  Kosher Life

The synagogue of Casale Monferrato was built at the end of 1500 and is a perfect example of Piemontese Baroque with the rich friezes that embellish the Aron and the floor that is a precious Venetian mosaic. Over the centuries there were many interventions to expand and embellish the structure, the Jewish community grew and with it its synagogue that had to reflect its prosperous becoming.Towards the middle of the 1800's the emancipation of the Jews created such a euphoria in the population that it was accompanied by further enlargements; but at the golden moment followed also years of abandonment of the building due to the progressive decrease of the Jewish population in the city.1968, the architect Bourbon took care of the restoration. Today the synagogue is no longer used regularly because there are only two families of Jews in the city and yet some recurrences are still celebrated here and on these occasions the atmosphere becomes special, intimate and serene.

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