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Jewish Synagogue

The Trieste Synagogue was built in 1908-12 to the plans of Ruggero Berlam, in collaboration with his son Arduino, replacing four earlier smaller synagogues.
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The Jewish temple in Trieste is one of the largest in Europe. In fact, when it was built, the Jewish community in Trieste had more than 5,000 members and played an important role in the city's economic and cultural life.

The community had grown to 6,000 members by 1938, but after the proclamation of the Racial Laws by Mussolini (in Unità di Italia Square, no less, in 1938) and the German occupation in 1943, the Nazis began harsh roundups and persecutions. In fact, the only concentration camp in Italy was built at the Risiera di San Sabba (San Sabba Rice Mill), and 710 Jews were deported from the city.
At the end of the war, in 1945, only 2,300 Jews remained in Trieste. Today, the Jewish community has approximately 700 members.

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But the Jewish community has very deep roots.
The oldest official document that mentions a Jewish settlement in Trieste, albeit a small one, is dated 1236 and consists of a notary act that mentions the Jew Daniel David of Trieste, who spent 500 marks to fight thieves on the Karst plateau.

From an architectural perspective, the synagogue is rather original - it features Middle Eastern-inspired decorations and stylized Jewish symbols.
The large central dome can only be glimpsed from a distance, while the half-dome and small side domes are visible from the square and nearby streets.


Provisional hours after pandemic emergency

Starting from Monday 26 April 2021 and until further notice, the Synagogue will reopen to the public at these times by reservation, for up to 30 people:

Monday at 5 PM
Tuesday at 10.30 AM
Wednesday at 5 PM

Please book the guided tour - by calling +39 040 371466 or by writing an email to - communicating the names of visitors and one telephone number.

from Sunday to Thursday
It is necessary to book by contacting the Key Tre Viaggi Agency:

Telephone +39 040 6726736/26
Fax +39 040 6726731

under 10 and disabled: free
children 10-18 and students: € 3.00
adults: € 5.00

SYNAGOGUE + JEWISH MUSEUM ENTRANCES (for individual visitors only)
under 10 and disabled: free
children 10-18 and students: € 5.00
adults: € 8.00

Groups (minimum 25 participants)
adults: € 3.00 per person
students: € 2.50 per person (free teachers)

Sinagoga Tempio Israelitico (Jewish Synagogue)

via S. Francesco d'Assisi, 19

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