Synagogue (HM28VM)

Location: Altamora, Açores 9930 Pico
Country: Portugal
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N 38° 29.282', W 28° 2.444'

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This monumental synagogue occupied the southeast corner of the Roman bath-gymnasium and served as the center of a prosperous Jewish community during late antiquity. Discovered in 1962, the building is the largest known synagogue of the Diaspora period. The structure and its decoration have been partly restored.

The synagogue was entered through a colonnaded forecourt to the east. The forecourt was roofed on four sides but its center was left open to the sky. The main hall of assembly was over 50 meters long and large enough to hold a thousand people. Massive stone piers supported the roof of the main hall at a height of about 14 meters.

The mosaic floor, furnishings, and marble wall decoration were installed at different times. Most of those that remain are from the 5th and 6th centuries. The synagogue was abandoned along with much of the city in the early 7th century.
HM NumberHM28VM
Placed ByThe Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey, and the Harvard Art Museums and Cornell University
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Date Added Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 4:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)26S E 409234 N 4260478
Decimal Degrees38.48803333, -28.04073333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 29.282', W 28° 2.444'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 29' 16.92" N, 28° 2' 26.64" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near ER1, Altamora Açores 9930, PT
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