Photographer's Note

Details of the houses in Roman Ghetto.
Rome's Jewish ghetto was built in 1555 on the banks of a frequently flooded bend of the Tiber River. The ghetto was the forced home of the Roman Jewish population for more than 300 years. In the 16th century, when Pope Paul IV forced the Jews to reside within a walled ghetto, the center of its four-square-block area was synagogue. When Italy became unified in 1870, the ghetto was essentially demolished, replaced with the modern blocks we see today.
The new "Synagogue of Emancipation" was built in a remarkable three years (completed 1904) with the enthusiastic support of the entire Roman community. This is where Pope John Paul II made his historic visit in 1986.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34845] (157292)
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