ANCIENT JEWISH CEMETERY
The Ancient Jewish Cemetery, also known as Campo degli Ebrei, located between Cappuccini Hill and Mount Cardeto, into the Cardeto Park, is one of the largest and best preserved Jewish cemeteries in Europe. It features 178 tombstones with Jewish inscriptions dating from the 15th to the 19th century, which face towards Jerusalem.
Documents attest that in 1428 the Senate of Ancona granted the Jewish community a piece of land in the Cardeto area, just outside Porta San Pietro, to be used as cemetery. Forty years later the grant was extended to neighboring land, and in 1711 the Jewish community bought more land from the Convent of San Francesco alle Scale. We do not know the exact location of the old cemetery, but there had to be one, since the Jews had been living here since before 1000 AD.
Because of coastal erosion, many tombstones have been lost. Some of them have been recovered and placed back in the cemetery.
The Cemetery is located in a beautiful meadow, where narcissuses and purple orchids bloom in spring, to which, in September, the blooming colchicums bid farewell. Other plants include anemones, sulla and daisies.
Reasons to visit:
- Beautiful location
- It’s on the way to the Lighthouse
- Breathtaking view
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