THE GATE OF THE JEWS
A group lived in Oria from Roman time to 1541, when all Jews were expelled from southern Italy. This city is one of the 400 localities with groups of Jews documented in Apulia. This presence is mainly recorded in place names, popular festivities and customs. Oria still has the Porta degli Ebrei (‘Gate of the Jews’), marked by a large bronze menorah, and a Giudea quarter whose emblem is a menorah on a white and blue background.