Palazzo Taurino: Jewish Museum of Lecce

Museum in Lecce

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The Museum serves as a center of culture and a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history and presence of Jews in Lecce over time. It is housed in Palazzo Personè, located between Vico Saponea and Via Umberto, on the site of the original medieval Giudecca. Following the 1541 expulsion of Jews from Apulia, the area was taken over by the Santa Croce complex and the attached Convent of the Celestines. Palazzo Personè was built on the remains of the old synagogue and has changed hands several times, including being owned by the Taurinos, from whom the museum derives its name, Palazzo Taurino Museum.

The museum, which opened in 2016, features seven halls that illustrate the history and lives of Jews in Lecce. The area retains many signs of its Jewish heritage, such as the hollow for the mezuzah and the mikvaoth baths in the foundations of the church, believed to have been built over one of the city’s synagogues.

A tour of the museum retraces both the prosperous periods and the hostility faced by the Jewish community in Lecce, offering a comprehensive view of their historical experiences.

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Visiting Palazzo Taurino: Jewish Museum of Lecce


Monday – Saturday: 10.00 am – 8:30 pm

Sunday: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


€ 9,00

Address: Jewish Museum Lecce, Via Umberto I, Lecce, Province of Lecce, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes
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