Sinagoga

Sinagoga, Casale Monferrato: Address, Phone Number, Sinagoga Reviews: 4.5/5

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Ira G
Rehovot282 contributions
Beautiful synagogue with two museums in the building
Jun 2019
A very impressive synagogue in Casale Monferrato, inaugurated in 1595. As in most early modern European synagogues, the synagogue was entered not directly from the street, but via a courtyard: both for reasons of security and to comply with laws requiring that the sound of Jewish worship not be audible by Christians. The synagogue houses two museums. Fewer than 20 Jews living there.
Written 17 September 2019
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QuercusRobur47
Brussels, Belgium96 contributions
The world's most beautiful synagogue
Mar 2019 • Friends
Casale Monferrato is a very unassuming town, down a very unassuming back street, is a very unassuming façade. But push the door and you are inside a baroque masterpiece, witness to the Faith of generations of Italian Jews.
It is only open to the public on Sundays, and even then it closes for lunch at 12.00.
Worth a long diversion to visit. Combine your visit with lunch at L'Accademia.
Written 17 April 2019
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Avrumeleh B
Somers, NY238 contributions
A rare treat like none other!
Oct 2018 • Couples
If a traveler has any interest at all in Jewish culture or history...or Italian culture or history...or architecture...or beauty...or any number of other things...this is a MUST SEE.
I've seen baroque churches in Italy and Germany, etc. and, undoubtedly they are impressive. But seeing this baroque synagogue simply gave me the chills. It's just plain wonderful! My wife and I were touring the Piedmont region when we learned about it and went to Casale Monferrato from our base Ciocarro and found the door locked at the synagogue. There's a bell to ring in such a case. We went without reservations because the website indicated it would be open on the weekday we went there. (I'd say it's a good idea to pay more attention than we did to the days when entry is guaranteed.) Still, we were given entry and it was MORE than worth the visit for sure. Downstairs is a collection, which requires and entry fee, of uniques Channukkiot (Channukah menorahs) made and donated by many famous artisans which is very interesting and is now so popular it requires jurying for entry into the collection.
After the visit to the synagogue, a walk around Casale Monferrato is a good idea. It's very pleasant and had it not been for the synagogue's lure, we would probably have passed that up since other towns in Piedmont like Asti, Alba, etc. are far more hyped.
Overall... this is a great destination!
Written 24 October 2018
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BunclodySen1
Jerusalem, Israel44 contributions
A magnificent example of a Baroque late 16th C. Italian Synagogue
Sep 2017
When visiting friends in Emilia Romagna south of Milano, they took me to Casale Monferrato for a day trip, to view the late 16th C. Baroque Synagogue complex. I say 'complex', because in addition to the Synagogue, there is, on display, a very nice Collection of Judaica and other objects from the collections and possessions of the Jewish Community; and they have converted the old Matza Oven area into a display of Hanukkiot made by modern artists, some local, others not, some Jewish, others not, some Kosher, others not [For a Hanukia to be 'Kosher' it has to display the candles which commemorate the miracle in a certain way; not all of these do].
My [non-Jewish] hosts and I had a wonderful time there, very impressively guided by Adriana Ottolenghi, wife of the present head of the community [which sadly, now comprises only 7 Jews].
This attraction is worthy of a special trip to view it [we drove over 90 min. each way, something I was squawking a bit over, before we went. I was very thankful for their patient, polite, but insistent attitude, after. Thank you again, Giovanni and Betty].
And the Catholic Cathedral of the city, dating from the early 12th C., with 18th & 19th C. changes, is also well worth a visit [I like Ecclesiastical architecture].
Written 27 June 2018
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nine52
Hilton Head, SC318 contributions
Magnificent
Oct 2017 • Friends
This synagogue belongs to the hidden synagogues as built before the emancipation of jews in Italy. Not only it is beautiful but there is a museum that is a must see. Apart from the whole collection of jewish objects depicting the jewish life in Italy and in general with a lot of old objects, there is a wonderful collection of hanoukiot all modern and made by different designers either italian or else. They are lighted when Hanoukah comes and it must be beautiful to see.
Written 19 October 2017
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Terry S
Green Valley, AZ1,345 contributions
Modest Entrance, Impressive Inside
Aug 2017 • Couples
When approaching this attraction, you are stunned that the entrance is so plain. Once you are inside you realize how important this building was to the Jewish community. The history of the Sinagoga and the many stories associated with it are extremely interesting. Unfortunately, the Jewish community is down to only seven people. Hopefully, this building can survive to provide future generations with this important history.
Written 30 August 2017
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NahumS
Jerusalem, Israel47 contributions
Exceptional Baroque Synagogue
Jul 2017 • Friends
An amazing synagogue - one of the most exquisite I have ever seen. Its development over the centuries encapsulates Jewish history in Italy. It has been beautifully restored and preserved. We were told that it is used for services only on Yom Kippur, since the Jewish community there has dwindled. Note that it is opened only on Sundays- but it is well worth planning a visit.
The museum shows fine examples of Jewish art and tradition.
Written 11 July 2017
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KiriniPango
Casale Monferrato, Italy22 contributions
Second most beautiful synagogue in EUROPE!!
Dec 2016 • Friends
It is said that the synagogue in Casale is the second most beautiful in the whole of Europe. Now, I don't know what the first most beautiful would be, and haven't seen many in general- but I can say that this synagogue is small but lovely, I really like its inner courtyard and the secrecy of its location in the middle of what used to be the Jewish ghetto of Casale. At present, the Jewish community in the town only counts seven members, if I am not mistaken (a couple, and a family of five) but it is quite lively and many events are often organised to share Jewish customs, traditions and history with the wider community.

Book in advance to have a tour of the synagogue.

p.s. I actually can't remember when I was in the synagogue last, but I know my mum has been there recently for a concert :)
Written 10 May 2017
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abl107
Ramat Hasharon, Israel37 contributions
Hidden Gem !!! Must See
Sep 2016 • Friends
This old and glorious synagogue is a must visit. Loaded with history and a special chanukias collection
The staff is so connected and committed and wonderful persons

Come and appreciate !!
Written 26 September 2016
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DaKe72
Zurich, Switzerland503 contributions
Time travel
Jul 2016 • Family
The synagogue in Casale is one of the most beautiful ones you can find. A travel in time back to the days when more jews were living in Italy and contributing to the society. Call in advance to get the tour in Italian or English.
Written 2 August 2016
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