PALERMO, ITALY - 22 MARCH 2017: The former Baroque oratory known as Santa Maria del Sabato, or Holy Mary of Saturday, that will soon become Palermo's first synagogue in 500 years, is seen here in the Giudecca, the ancient Jewish quarter of Palermo, Italy, on March 22nd 2017.
In 1492, Sicily’s Jews were banished from the island, the victims of a Spanish edict that forced thousands to leave and others to convert to Roman Catholicism. On Jan. 12, exactly 524 years to the day that the edict gave as a deadline for Sicily’s Jews to depart, Palermo’s archbishop, Corrado Lorefice, granted the emerging community the use of a deconsacrated oratory, to be transformed into Palermo’s first stable synagogue in five centuries. The synagogue will be located in what once was known as the Giudecca, Palermo’s ancient Jewish quarter
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