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“Ancient Jewish Baths. A must to visit!”
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Casa Bianca Mikvah
Ranked #35 of 113 things to do in Syracuse
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“Ancient Jewish Baths. A must to visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

An astonishing discovery by the architect working on the hotel refurbishment in the 1980's. Eighteen meters below ground level they found completely buried but in tact five deep immersion pools known as a 'mikva' that the Jewish women used for purification. Our guide who also works at the hotel gave a 15 minute talk on how the baths were discovered and how they were used. It was fascinating and it is the only Byzantine style baths like this in the world. It was dark and so cool down there and the water continues to flow into the baths and has to be pumped out even though the Jews at the time managed to work out the perfect balance between the water flowing in and out. It's a very unusual place and well worth a visit. It cost 5 euros each.

Visited October 2013
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“Well worth the time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

My wife and I found out about this place on a tripadvisor forum post but not much more was written about it, too bad. It is an ancient ritual bath located in the old Jewish quarter of Ortigia island. It is in the cellar of the Hotel Alla Giudecca, found during a renovation around 6 years ago. The entrance to the baths were hidden behind walls by the Jews before they were forced to leave the island. It is in one word, astounding! Hidden for all these years. Hewn out of stone, fed by a spring, it was where Jewish women took their cleansing baths before marriage, etc. Be aware before you go It's a long way down and there are only stairs. I think it was 5 Euros each which includes a visit to the small museum which displays some of the items found during the renovation. Check the hotels web site or call for the tour times. Visit if you can, it's very interesting and doesn't take a lot of time. Just to think, all done by hand tools, hundreds of years ago!

Visited July 2013
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