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The Canton Synagogue in the Ghetto of Venice

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The Canton Synagogue in the Ghetto of Venice

Throught time every religion has always had very precise rules on how a place of worship must look. Right from the start, the Jews have banned from within their sacred sites, the Synagogues, any representations of God or any other character, just like the second commandment given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai says: You shall not make for yourself any graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

One of the few exceptions in the world is located in Venice, in the oldest Jewish Ghetto. The government of the most Serene Republic of Venice allowed the Jews who lived in the Ghetto to have their own synagogues, but forbade them to do any job apart from being money lenders or traders for second-hand goods; for this reason the synagogues of Venice were built and decorated by local artists, and not Jewish ones.

It is for this reason that in Scola Canton, founded in 1531 but redecorated in the 1700s in Rococo style, there are eight wooden panels up high along the walls, depicting biblical scenes from the book of Exodus: the passage of the Red Sea, the altar of sacrifice, the manna, the Ark on the banks of the Jordan, the Korah, the gift of the Torah and, finally, Moses producing water flowing from the rock.

If you wish to visit the beautiful Jewish Ghetto or any other unusual places in Venice with an exclusive private guided tour, please contact us for the availability of our expert guide Francesca!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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