Miqwe

sights / Religious

Miqwe information

Location
Syracuse , Italy
Address
Via Alagona 52
Telephone
+390 93 12 22 55
Prices
hourly tours €5
Opening hours
11am & noon daily, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm Mon-Sat
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In the old Jewish ghetto, known as the Giudecca, you can visit an ancient Jewish miqwe that lies buried 20m beneath the Alla Giudecca hotel. The baths were once connected to a synagogue, but were blocked by members of the Jewish community when they were expelled from the island in 1492.

It's a fascinating sight – the three deep pools intended for total immersion constantly bubble with fresh water, which now has to be pumped out of the chamber to prevent flooding. There is a separate, private pool that was for the sole use of the rabbi.