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Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico

Via Luigi Carlo Farini 4, 50132 Florence, Italy
+39 055245252
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Ranked #38 of 220 attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums
Owner description: This synagogue, one of the largest in Europe, was built between 1874 and 1882 in eclectic Moresque style by architects Marco Treves, Mariano... more » Owner description: This synagogue, one of the largest in Europe, was built between 1874 and 1882 in eclectic Moresque style by architects Marco Treves, Mariano Falcini,Vincenzo Micheli. The museo was set up on 1982 in the same building to display ritual objects, dating from XVI to XX Centuries and documentation regarding the history of the community. In the new section on 2007 was set up a room devoted to the memorial of contemporary history included the Shoa. « less
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Dover, Massachusetts
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The synagogue is absolutely beautiful and rich with history and decor. It's design both internally and externally rivels any of the other religious buildings that adorn Florence.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is the most beautiful synagogue in the world that I've seen. It is simply amazing. The entire interior is painted with intricate designs on every inch of space. I read in the museum, that a Jewish man donated money to build the synagogue and specifically asked for it to be built "to live up to the artistic standards of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We have just spent the whole day in the historic city of Florence. There are fabulous religious buildings throughout the whole city, but from a Jewish perspective the only Synagogue in the city was inspiring. Museum had wonderful artefacts. No big queues to get in either.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Do not miss touring this beautiful Synagogue. It has such history and its remarkable to know that this Synagogue was not destroyed by the Nazis. We learned that the Nazis planted bombs throughout the Synagogue and while retreating from Florence the Nazis attempted to blow up the entire Synagogue. They succeeded on damaging the roof and the second floor but... More

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It was built as a synagogue that would be "worthy of Florence" and it certainly is. Stunning architecture inside and out and a small, but interesting museum.

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Manhattan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

There are free tours in English at specific times, after one pays an entrance fee. There is a strict security entrance, which is quite understandable. Leave your pocketbook (with cellphone) in the locker, but take in your credit card in case you purchase something in the gift shop. JEWISH FLORENCE WALKING TOURS also gives tours in this building and neighboring... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

What a beautiful building with a lovely history. An "Emancipation Synagogue" - I'd never heard that term before, but it was explained by the docent that this synagogue was funded by a single Florentine, David Levi, after the Jews of Florence were free to leave the ghetto (and the ghetto was destroyed and replaced with the Piazza della Republicca). Slightly... More

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The interior was actually worth seeing. Elaborate, yet tasteful ornamentation. A woman came up to us as soon as we came in and gave us an excellent history of not only the synagogue, but of the Jewish community in Milan and Italy. They also have a small, very small, let's face it, miniscule museum. Still, it was interesting and also... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We were not planning to visit this temple but looked so impressive we decided take a look. The exterior is certainly awe inspiring if strangely hidden from the adjacent roads. The grounds are very peaceful with pomegranite trees and lawns. the interior is richly decorated with painted walls and a huge dome. There was a guided tour in English explaining... More

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Clemson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We visited this synagogue, and we found it to be very interesting and beautiful. We had lunch at Ruth's kosher restaurant next door. My wife and I went to religious services on a Saturday morning. However, we were unable to take in any "carry on" packages. Therefore, I stayed behind with both my wife's and my carry ons" and I... More

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