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The synagogue of Casale Monferrato: photo, description Sinagoga di Casale Monferrato)

The synagogue of Casale Monferrato - religious building of the 16th century, located in the town of Casale Monferrato in the province of Alessandria (Piedmont) in the traditional Jewish quarter on the street Vicolo salmone Olper. Built in 1595, the year, the synagogue is known for its exquisite Baroque interior with walls and ceiling of the building is decorated with elaborate paintings, carvings and gilding. Interestingly, the outside of the building is impossible to guess that for many centuries it was used as a place of worship - so this is a modest and unremarkable structure. As in most modern synagogues in Europe, the entrance inside is not in the Central facade, from the street and located in the back yard. This has two explanations: first, this is a requirement of the law - sounds of Jewish prayers should not be heard by Christians, and secondly it was necessary in order to maintain secrecy.

The synagogue of Casale Monferrato is one of the few left in Piedmont (as many much more). Other synagogues can be found in the towns of Vercelli, Biella, Asti, Chieri, Carmagnola, etc. the Building is listed on the national monuments of Italy.

Inside, apart from the synagogue the Museum of Jewish art and history and Museum of light. The first, also known as the silver Museum was designed by Giulio Bourbon and is part of the former women's gallery. The exhibition presents valuable ceremonial silver items and embroidery, as well as artifacts relating to Jewish holidays and everyday life. Museum of light is an underground room used for cooking traditional cakes "matzah." Here you can see a collection hunuki - lamps that are lit during the eight days of Hanukkah. In the archives of the synagogue comprises various historical documents that tell about the history of the Jewish community of Casale Monferrato and Piedmont.