Antico Cimitero Israelitico

Antico Cimitero Israelitico information

Location
Venice , Italy
Address
Riviera San Nicolò
Telephone
+390 41 71 53 59
Getting there
Ferry: Lido, San Nicoló
More information
www.museoebraico.it
Prices
group tours adult/student €10/8, individual tours €80
Opening hours
by reservation Apr-Oct
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This quiet, overgrown garden was Venice’s main Jewish cemetery from 1386 until the 18th century. It fell into disuse after the establishment of a new cemetery on Via Cipro. The tombstones were rediscovered by construction workers in the 1920s and it was decided to set them in some sort of order. They range in design from Venetian Gothic to distinctly Ottoman, and many of them bear decorations dramatically at variance with Jewish Orthodoxy.

Nor are the lions those of St Mark or Judah; they are the lions of Castile and León, brought to Venice on the armorials of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain by the Grand Inquisitor in 1492. Tours must be pre-booked with the Museo Ebraico .