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The Scolanova Synagogue of Trani


Published on:  2019-05-07 15:34:29

  Kosher Life

The Scolanova Synagogue is a wonderful example of Apulian Romanesque architecture and is located in the heart of Trani. Together with the Synagogue Museo Sant'Anna it represents an important testimony of the ancient Jewish quarter of the city. Built in the thirteenth century, the synagogue overlooks Via Scolanova where a staircase leads to the door on the west side. The spire facade dominated by a bell tower has a single portal and four single-lancet windows topped by an arched chiancarelle roof, (limestone slabs) typical of local construction. Inside, the Latin cross plan is characterized by lateral arches and a single nave structured on two levels. After the expulsion of the Jews in the sixteenth century became a church with the name of Santa Maria di Scolanova. It returned to its original use in 2005. The Scolanova Synagogue is entrusted to the Trani Section of the Jewish Community of Naples.

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