Visit to the Venetian Ghetto and the Jewish Museum

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by intern No Comments

Friday, Nov. 20, 8.50 am - 11.30 am

Meeting point: 8.50 am in Campo del Ghetto
The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were compelled to live under the Venetian Republic. The Italian name “ghetto” derives from the Venetian language, where it was called “ghèto”. The Venetian Ghetto (incidentally, the first Ghetto) was instituted in 1516, though political restrictions on Jewish rights and residences existed before that date.
The Jewish Museum of Venice is not simply an expository space, but a widespread museum, i.e. an urbanity, architectonic and museale complex unique of its kind for its own specificity. It is a little but very rich museum founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice.
The precious objects shown to public, important examples of goldsmith and textile manufacture made between the 16th and the 19th centuries are a lively witnessing of the Jewish tradition. The museum is built in two areas, the first one devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and to objects used for liturgy, the latter- planned with a greater educational approach- deals with the history of Venetian Jews through images and objects.

The visit  is compulsory for students attending the courses History of Venice.

Due to limited number of seats, the visit is reserved to students attending one of the above mentioned classes; for them, the cost of the visits is covered by VIU. (In case there will be places available, the visit will be open to all courses.)

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