Agira, in the province of Enna, Sicily, is home to Europe’s oldest stone aron (holy ark). It dates from the Jewish year 5214, which corresponds to 1454. It originally stood in the synagogue on Via Santa Croce, which after the expulsion of the Jews, became the church hall of the Church of Santa Croce. It is now kept inside the church of SS. Salvatore, until such time as it is transferred to its own, independent site. The very worn inscription once read, “Casa di Giacobbe, venite camminiamo alla luce” (“House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light”).
Piazza Roma, 4, 94011 Agira EN