"Ghetto" Rovigo Things to Do Tip by Mikebond

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  main gate with bell-tower of S. Domenico
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      main gate with bell-tower of S. Domenico
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These pictures show what remains after the demolition of the ghetto, been re-adapted to house flats.
The ghetto was built in the heart of the town in 1606 following a wish of Pope Paul V. It was the largest construction in Rovigo at that time. It was (one of) the most characteristic ghetto(s) in Italia. It was a fortress including the synagogue, shops, houses, the market; it was like a mysterious town within the town, with small gardens, narrow streets and gates on the ancient marble gates that were once closed when the night came. Above the main gate, still standing, a stone with a Latin inscription, today illegible (see the second picture), reminds that the authorities of Rovigo wanted the Jews to be forced to live within these walls, so that the Christian religion couldn?t be damaged by their company. The inscription was written in 1627 by podestà Marino Zane.
The ghetto was demolished in 1930. Today you can see the church of San Domenico, inserted in the area of the ghetto, maybe built on the same place as the synagogue.

Address: Piazza Merlin / via X luglio

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  • Updated May 14, 2006
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