Observations and reflections about my life in Rome, including the excursions that take me beyond the walls...
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Advent Calendar: Roman Door 6
Door in the Jewish Ghetto on the Via Portico di Ottavia. The Ghetto was established in 1556 as a walled enclosure where all unconverted Jews had to live, and stay from sunset to sunrise. In 1864 the walls were torn down but Jews were still forced to live there. In 1870 the new Italian state abolished all restrictions for Jews.
And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. From Handel's Messiah: Part I Chorus