The first Jewish cemetery in Bologna, located between the Baraccano church and the church of San Pietro Martire, was closed in 1569 after the expulsion of the Jews from the town. In order to leave no trace, their cemetery was ceded to San Pietro nuns, then completely destroyed. The four gravestones at the Medieval Museum come from this ancient site.
Particularly noteworthy is the gravestone of Shabatài Elkanàn from Rieti which is a rare example of Jewish figurative art since the rule forbidding the making of graven images has not been observed. The front, on a rusticated base, features a bust of a young man holding a scroll with an epigraph in Jewish characters. The back features a bas-relief winged head holding a poetic text in Hebrew and two sculpted winged putti decorate the sides. These stones are important testimonies not only to the funerary art but also to the Jewish writing style of the time. The present Jewish graveyard, established in 1869, is located at the Certosa monumental cemetery of Bologna.
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Free admission: first Sunday of each month, young people up to 18, university students with membership card, classes of secondary schools, 2 leaders for each school group, 1 leader for each group of 10 people, 1 adult with a child who attends workshops planned by the museum, tourist guides with badge, journalists with badge, disabled people and their helpers, Icom members, special agreements, people as indicated in clause 4, paragraph 3, letter a, b, d, e, f, g, h, i – Decree n. 507 dating 11/12/1997 and further modifications (also students and teachers of Conservatory and other schools as specified in the letter h of the decree), Musei Metropolitani Card owners, Bologna Welcome Cardholders.