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SCHOLA CANTON

Conservation of Sixteenth-Century Venetian Synagogue

SCHOLA CANTON
Venice, Italy
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BACKGROUND

The Schola Canton, constructed in 1532, shortly after the enforced segregation of Jews in the Venetian Ghetto Nuovo, stands as one of the oldest and most important extant Jewish institutions in the city. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Before WMF began work on the Schola Canton in 1973, structural deficiencies in the building housing the synagogue threatened to topple the edifice and pitch it into the adjacent canal. Working with an emergency grant from the Chicago chapter of the Venice Committee, WMF reinforced the foundation masonry of the building and removed the risk of its collapse. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

As a marker of Jewish history in Venice and the Ghetto Nuovo, the Schola Canton remains an important site for Jews living in the city, and a significant monument to Jewish cultural history. (...)