500 YEARS OF THE JEWISH GHETTO

JEWISH GHETTO VENICE

It was 29 March 1516. The Serenissima had just ordered that seven hundred or so Jews be enclosed in a small isolated area of the city that had once been the site of a foundry.
An unhealthy area, it was near the prisons and the monastery of San Girolamo. Thus the first ghetto in history came into being.
The name, which was to become synonymous with segregation, derives from the name of the iron foundry “geto” that predated the arrival of the Jews.

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