Home to the city’s 1,000 member Jewish community, the Florence synagogue was built in 1882 and is one of Europe’s finest examples of a blend of exotic Moorish style with Arabic and Byzantine elements. This is characterized by the white travertine and pink limestone façade, the copper-cladding on the central and lateral domes (originally they were gilded), and the massive walnut doors. Although technically Sephardic, the congregation members here are Italian Jews that have adapted to their Italian surroundings. Evidence of this can be seen in the architecture of the synagogue as two seemingly opposite, but actually related approaches influenced its design. On the one hand there was the influence of Christian churches and the Old Spanish synagogues, and on the other was desire to express Jewish identity through a distinctive architectural style.
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