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The word ghetto was coined here in Venice, taken from
the Venetian term for a foundry which was located on the site
where, in 1516, the city's Jews were ordered to relocate within
what became a walled enclave which was locked at night.
It is now a quiet byway, quite literally on the backwaters
of Venice. It is difficult to imagine how it must have teemed
with people from all over Europe and the Mediterranean region,
people sharing a common religious bond.
Left: The most dramatic entrance to
the ghetto is through this covered walkway, which opens onto
the broad central piazza (above).
Right: The cupola of the Sephardic
Shul can be glimpsed here, just above the arched window
in the unpainted clap-board addition.
Below: The shaded entry to the Ghetto
Below right: Judean Lions still guard
the Calle degli Ghetto Vecchio, the ghetto's main thoroughfare.
Coincidentally, the Lion was also a symbol of Venice, due
to its association with St. Mark the Evangelist, patron Saint
of the city.
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