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The Sephardic sinagogue in Pesaro

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I've already written a few times about the Sephardic sinagogue in Pesaro, dating back to the 16th century, and about Pesaro old Jewish Ghetto (its narrow streets are my favourite scenario when ...

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

For security reasons there is nothing on the exterior to suggest the religious function of this brick building.

The men’s entrance is on the south-eastern front facing Jerusalem. Next to this, though smaller, is the women’s which leads directly up a staircase to the women’s gallery (…)

On the ground floor are an oven, a bath for the purification of worshippers, and a well. Water – a very important purifying element – runs back into the fountain at the end of the entrance corridor used for the washing of hands.

The Prayer room on the first floor follows a bipolar arrangement whereby The Ark (Aròn) and Pulpit (Tevàh) stand opposite one another against the walls at each end. The entrance to the room is placed under the pulpit. This particular position, a characteristic shared only by the synagogues of Ancona, Carpentras and Cavaillon in France and Safed in Palestine, all of which follow the Spanish rite, is such that those who enter face both the Aròn and Jerusalem. [...]

by Pesaro Musei

ParadigmGallery's comment, January 28, 2014 2:24 PM
thanks, so interesting....
Flor Beltran's curator insight, January 29, 2014 1:23 AM

I was immediately captivated by the beautiful intricate design. I think it's amazing how this building, the designs inside and the colorful murals have stood the test of time. This synagogue is definitely on my "to visit" list. 

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