Similar in style to the Spanish Synagogue, this Scola was built in the 16th century by the Jewish community from the Near East. It underwent an initial restoration around 1680 (apparently under the Belluno-born Andrea Brustolon (1662 -1732) but, as for the other artists or architects who operated in the Ghetto, there is no irrefutable evidence of his presence. 

The main facade strikes the passer-by as it is completely independent from the neighboring houses (the only one of its kind in the Ghetto); it is composed of three orders of windows of different shapes and sizes surrounded by various panels in relief. The entrance from the campiello has now been closed for several years, so the current access is from calle Barucchi; similarities can be identified with the main façade on this side of the building. A polygonal aedicule with a shell-shaped roof stands out, a characteristic element of Venetian synagogues. 

Going inside, after having passed through the large portal, you enter the atrium composed of a long rectangular room with a precious ceiling with wooden decorations, gilding and the old collection box. On the right is the Scoletta Luzzatto, used as a study and prayer hall.

Two flights of stairs lead to a prayer room - it is not large, but does have a unique charm. The layout of the religious elements is similar to the other synagogues of the Ghetto, in particular the tevà (pulpit) is placed in front of the aròn or arca sacra (the cabinet that contains the sacred scriptures) and is beautifully decorated; the pulpit has a base with floral motifs that supports two spiral-shaped columns which are equally decorated with floral motifs. Ascending two large staircases you reach the pulpit floor which appears to be closed by an architrave, and you can see the aedicule illuminated by three large windows and with a fantastic shell-shaped half-dome in the background. The splendour of the tribune contrasts, at least in appearance, with the simplicity of the aròn and its classical style columns in black marble. The doors of the Arca Santa, as usual, are decorated with engravings of the Ten Commandments and the date of the Jewish calendar 5543 (1782), while other biblical quotations can be read in the surrounding spaces. 

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The facade of the Synagogue seen from the campiello delle scuole.

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