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The Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Florence

Great Synagogue of Florence Exterior view Great Synagogue of Florence Interior view Jewish Museum Exhibition area Pictures Top view of the prayer room Dome view from below The Great Synagogue in the cityscape Jewish Museum Exhibition area Objects Richly decorated interior with Moorish inlays

With its large copper-green dome, the Great Synagogue is an imposing eye-catcher in the cityscape of Florence. The "Tempio Maggiore" was inaugurated in 1882, a few years after the emancipation of Italian Jews in 1861, and is one of the most important examples in Europe of the exotic Moorish style. The interior has a special atmosphere thanks to the many wall frescoes, the soft light that shines through the stained glass windows and the magnificent mosaics.

Visit the Great Synagogue of Florence and the Jewish Museum

Get a deep insight into the history of the Jewish community

The Museo Ebraico, founded in 1981 and expanded in 2007, is also worth a visit when visiting the synagogue. On two floors inside the building is a rich collection of ceremonial Jewish artefacts. Silver pieces and fabrics from the old synagogues of the Florentine Jewish ghetto as well as the history of the Jewish community in Florence in pictures and documents are exhibited there.

The architecture of the synagogue

The architecture of the synagogue integrates some traditions of Islam and contemporary Italian architecture. The ground plan with its cross shape is reminiscent of the Hagia Sophia. The façade cladding with alternating layers of travertine and granite is reminiscent of Siena Cathedral, but the stones of the synagogue have faded over time so that the contrast of the stripes is no longer so strong.

Fantastically designed interior

The interior is decorated with typical Moorish, colourful patterns. The use of the Moorish style, which characterises the rich wall decoration, the multi-coloured windows, the marble inlays on the floors, the furniture, and the overall decoration, is inspired by the typical Eastern taste of the monumental synagogues in late 19th century Europe.

 

Highlights

  • Example of the exotic 
  • Moorish architectural style 
  • Magnificently decorated interior 
  • Museum and synagogue offer a deep insight into the history of the Jewish community 
  • Rich collection of Jewish artefacts 
  • The Balagan Cafe is located in the synagogue garden 

 

Opening hours

June to September
Sunday to Thursday 10.00 – 18.30
Friday 10.00 – 17.00

October to May
Sunday to Thursday 10.00 – 17.30
Friday 10.00 – 15.00 

Admission up to 45 minutes before closing time 

 

Reservation

With your Florence City Pass, you already have your ticket for the Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum in your pocket.

 

Important information

  • Please note that the museum and synagogue are closed to visitors every Saturday and on Jewish holidays.

 

 

How to get there

Getting to the Jewish Museum and the synagogue is easy by public transport. Several bus and train lines run to nearby stations, so it is only a short walk from the bus stop to the museum. 

Bus: 6, 8, 14, 19, 23, 31 FA, FB, IC, ICN, REG, RV
Station: Firence Campo die Marte 

 

Address: 

Via Luigi Carlo Farini 6
50121 Firenze 

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