An imposing building situated in Via San Francesco, which demonstrates the role the Jewish community played in the economic and cultural development of the town. It is one of the largest synagogues in Europe and, when it was built, the Jewish community in Trieste numbered over 5,000 members. It was erected between 1908 and 1912 by the local architects, Ruggero and Arduino Berlam, to replace the four Schole built in town after 1748 and that fell into disuse following the renovation of part of the old town. The architectural style is rather particular: simple and sober, and decorated with middle-eastern elements stylising Jewish symbols. The main prayer room has a regular shape built around three naves culminating in a majestic mosaic vaulted apse. Two large rose windows with the design of the Star of David decorate the East-West façade. The interior is decorated with precious marble and multi-coloured granite. Copper was used for the chandeliers and in the columns of the Sacred Arch, the capitals, the friezes, and the front door covering.
Guided visits with a professional guide on Sundays, starting at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00.
The tour lasts approx. 45 minutes.
The Synagogue is open to the public from Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 11.00.
Via S. Francesco d’Assisi, 19 – 34133 Trieste
[tel.] +39 040 363952