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Great Synagogue – Rome

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The Tempio Grande di Roma was built between 1901 and 1904 on the Tiber’s banks in the former Ghetto district.

In the late 19th century, after the Italy’s unification, the Roman Ghetto was almost entirely destroyed. Roman Jews were now allowed to live also outside the area.

To celebrate the freedom the Jews community decided to build a new Synagogue. They wanted a building that can grab the attention of the population.

The Great Synagogue stands out for its eclectic style and its unique square aluminum dome; it is easily visible form many points in the city.

The Synagogue is also the heart of the Jewish community of Rome; it houses the Chief Rabbi’s offices and the Jewish Museum.

Things to see

Designed by Vincenzo Costa and Osvaldo Armanni the synagogue is an example of Babylonian style, with painted ceilings and an impressive free-standing ark.

The uniqueness of this very old community is evident also in the décor of this house of worship: on the walls Aramaic symbols are mixed with Hebrew ones.

In 1960 the Jewish Museum of Rome was opened to illustrate the 2000 year old history of this community. Roman silverware, precious textile form all over Europe and many other artifacts are now displayed here.