Loquis: the old Jewish cemetery of Perugia

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the old Jewish cemetery of Perugia


Published on:  2019-03-30 00:00:00

  Kosher Life

Why am I taking you to the woods today? Every day I used to follow the road from Ponte San Giovanni to the centre of the city, skirting a place rich in history but now forgotten. The shrubs cover what were once the paths and hide the few tombstones of the nineteenth century. Through the iron gate I look at a garden of peace that was one of the oldest in central Italy. Since 1874 the Jewish community of the city has had its own reserved space inside the monumental cemetery: "surrounded by walls and separated entrance" as the acts of the time, but the charm and peace of this small green heart remains unrepeatable.

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