Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Mikveh of Syracuse

Torrid temperatures are forecast through the middle of August, and anybody who lives in Sicily knows it'll be hot through mid September. That makes it a great time to visit the mikveh of Siracusa, Europe's oldest surviving Jewish ritual bath. Siracusa - and its beautiful Ortygia district - always makes for a great "cultural" holiday.

The mikveh is located about 20 meters underground, carved out of limestone in a hypogeum that was discovered five centuries after the forced expulsions and conversions of the Jews of Sicily and Spain. While you're in Siracusa, don't miss beautiful Syracuse Cathedral, a unique edifice that bridges the gap from classical mythology to early Christianity.

Read about it in our article.

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