Jewish Cemetery

JEWISH CEMETERY

In Venice Lido exists from centuries an evocative Jewish cemetery, which unfortunately has been left neglected for years.

The local Administration has recently decided to reclaim the 35 thousand square meters of greenery in which are immersed the old and new graves as to make the Jewish Cemetery more easily accessible to everyone. In Prague there is a large crowd that visits the local Jewish cemetery and Venice will not be far behind once it will be made accessible with a rearrangement work and cataloguing of the graves, and with a proper promotion as it has been made for the Ghetto in which the museum, the house of Hospitality and the synagogues are now seen by thousands of people.

The Jewish cemetery in Venice is an important part of the Italian and European history and of the relationship between Judaism and other cultures. The first stone of the cemetery dates back to 1389, then from 1516 with the establishment of the Ghetto, the cemetery was enlarged to accommodate Spanish and Portuguese Jews, and then again Jews from all over Europe and the Mediterranean basin which introduced new symbols and decorative elements . What emerges today with the work of pruning trees and cleaning the undergrowth are the rows of graves that had become inaccessible because they were covered by vegetation. The JEWISH cemetery of Venice is a unique example that has no equal in Europe: it is the oldest, the largest, is placed in a context that has no equal, its tombstones testify the passage of Jews from many countries, and is a cemetery still in use. It represents the story of a community and its intertwining with the history of the city.