Events: Venice Ghetto 500

18 Apr 2016

18 APR - 30 DEC

March 29th, 2016 marked the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice.

To honour the historical anniversary, to foster the Jewish heritage of the site and guarantee its future as a key religious, cultural and artistic site open to people worldwide, a series of initiatives is going to re-establish the Ghetto, the Jewish quarter where the very word ‘ghetto’ originated, as a meeting point of people, a crossroads of cultures, a gateway to understanding the history of Jewish civilization, and a symbol of freedom beyond walls.

A number of restorational projects are also underway:

The restoration of the Jewish Museum, restoration of the Community Center in Campo del Ghetto Vecchio, the creation of the Secret Gardens of the Ghetto and the restoration of the passageway (“sotoportego“) leading to Campo del Ghetto Nuovo. AVA, Venetian Association of Hotel Owners, is sponsoring the restoration of the windows in the Spanish Synagogue.

Various events will span the period from March 29th until end of December 2016.

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