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SYNAGOGUE OF SIENA

VISIT THE SYNAGOGUE

How to reach us
Vicolo delle Scotte, 14, Siena
Tel. +39 0577 286300
Email sinagogasiena@operalaboratori.com

Location: The synagogue is located on Vicolo delle Scotte 14, 53100, Siena.
On foot: one minute from Piazza del Campo
By bus: Bus lines Pollicino Siena: A 51, bus stop Piazza del Mercato; B 52, bus stop, Logge del Papa (www.trainspa.it/mappe/mappa_pollicini.pdf )
By car: paid parking Il Campo is available in Via di Fontanella, a few minutes by foot from the synagogue.
(www.sienaparcheggi.com )

The synagogue was designed in 1786, before the Emancipation, and is located on Vicole dell Scotte.
Its simple exterior does not hint to the richness and beauty of the interior. The main prayer hall is rectangular in shape. On its lateral sides are rows of benches and in the center the podium (Tevah) is positioned. The podium is decorated with nine 10-branched candelabra dated to the XVIII century. In front of the Aron Hakodesh is the women’s section.The windows on the wall behind the podium are outlined with rich decorations.

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At the center of the ceiling are the designs of the stone tables of the covenant. One of the items beautifully conserved and worth special attention is Eliyahu’s Throne, a special chair used during the circumcision ceremony, located at the entrance to the main prayer hall. The chair was donated to the community in 1860 by Rabbi Nissim. On its backrest are wooden inlays with biblical quotations relating to circumcision. The visit to the synagogue includes also a visit to a small exhibition in English and Italian that displays documents and photographs depicting various events and aspects related to the Jewish community of through its 700-year existence.

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