ROME JEWISH MUSEUM IN ROME(MUSEO EBRAICO DI ROMA)
Repository of the historical, cultural and artistic patrimony of the ghetto, where the Roman Jews were forced to live from the mid 15th century to the end of the 19th century, the Museum of Jewish Art was created in 1960 with the collection and classification of ritual objects and documentary materials originating mainly from the demolition of the old Jewish schools or centres of worship (the Catalan, the Sicilian, the ‘scuola nuova’, the ‘scuola del Tempio’ and the Castilian).
The suppression of the five schools coincided with the construction of the current imposing synagogue inAssyrianBabylonian style between 1901 and 1904.
Designed by Vincenzo Costa and Osvaldo Armanni, it was immediately filled with manuscripts andincunabula, archive materials, ritual silverware and precious cloths, as well as the original decorations, which have been preserved as the “Temple wardrobe” in accordance with the explicit wishes of the Jewish community: a rich store of various materials which bears witness to the everyday life and practices of worship ofRome’s historic Jewish community.
In addition to the ritual objects and cloths still used for liturgical purposes, allowing for the display to be continually modified, a large section of the Museum is also devoted to the tragedy of the persecutions, which began with the famous papal bull of 1555, under which Paul IV made residence compulsory in the area between Ponte Quattro Capi, Portico d’Ottavia, Piazza Giudla and the Tiber, and culminated in the Nazi repression.
The most recent items include the account by the president, Ugo Foa, of the expropriations suffered by the community in 1943, some receipts from the confiscation of gold, some of the police files on the Jews imprisoned in Via Tasso and a prayer book perforated by shrapnel from the bombs thrown into the crowd on 9 October 1982. (mm)
Information and Addresses
Address Lungotevere de’ Cenci, 15 (Synagogue)
Visiting Hours From October to May, from Sunday to Thursday 10.00 am – 4.30 pm; Friday 9:00 am – 2.00 pm. From June to September,from Sunday to Thursday 10.00 am -].00 pm; Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm ClosedSaturday and Jewish holidays Closed afternoons on Catholic holidays
Telephone 06 68400661; Fax 06 68400684
Price € 7,5°, concessions € 3,00
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