Those who know me knows how much I deeply love the city of Rome. Whenever I can, I go there, and I try to always walk through neighborhoods that have not yet seen. Along Trastevere, this time I wanted to visit the beautiful ancient Jewish ghetto, with it Great Sinagogue build in classic style and the Jewish Museum nearby.
Designed by Vincenzo Costa and Osvaldo Armanni, the synagogue was built from 1901 to 1904 on the banks of the Tiber, overlooking the former ghetto. The eclectic style of the building makes it stand out, even in a city known for notable buildings and structures. This attention-grabbing design was a deliberate choice made by the community at the time who wanted the building to be a visible celebration of their freedom and to be seen from many vantage points in the city. The aluminium dome is the only squared dome in the city and makes the building easily identifiable even from a distance.
It ‘a collection of classical references and symbolism, that make the building at first sight a classicism greek temple.
The door is so constructed to obtain an effect of elevation upwards.
Designed in a Babylonian style, there are ceilings with painted stars and a massive 50-foot free-standing ark. Even the architecture is a reminder of the unique blend of Judaism here; Aramaic symbols are mixed with hebrew on the walls.
This is Stefano wearing the usual headgear, the Kippah.
Every member of the Synagogue has its own personal desk, where to put his things.
It’s an Orthodox synagogue, so women are separate, they have to sit on the aisles, i matronei.
I love to visit churches and places of worship of all religions. but I must say that the ceiling of this Synagogue has fascinated me like few: floral elements bottom-square, to rise up, where we can see the rainbow (reminiscent of the rainbow that Noah saw the end of the flood, which represents the union between heaven and earth) that rises to the stars.
the Jewish Museum
Silver objects, precious fabrics and polychrome marbles: this rooms are a tribute to the objects that the Jews of the Ghetto donated to their synagogues and it explains how they are used in liturgical services of the Jewish tradition. It was fascinating to watch the wonderful work of these tissues.
This room is dedicated to the events that mark the time in Judaism: prayer, Shabbat, Jewish holidays throughout the year and the Jewish life cycle. In each display case the moments in the calendar characterizing Jewish life are explained and represented by the objects belonging to the Roman Jewish tradition.
Stunning examples of jeweler manufacture: Rings on the Scroll of the Law. This visit was as a continuous light entering in my eyes.