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Le quartier Juif

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Place de la Juiverie
84800 L' Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Jews were protected in the papal states from the 14th century when the kingdom of France expelled them: Avignon and the Comtat Venaissin provided refuge for them. For community and religious reasons, they often lived near the synagogue or school (“escolo”). Their area is called “carrière”, Provencal for street. Around the mid-15th century they were gradually subjected to the ghetto regime (Jewish area in Venice) whereby they were allocated a limited space to live in with the doors locked and guarded every night.
The “carrière” (almost 1ha in surface area) stood around a square with two roads linking it to town and closed off by a gate: the Petit Portal on Rue de la Cavalerie (where the town hall is) and the Grand Portal on Grande Rue Carnot. The synagogue was rebuilt on several occasions, the last time being the 18th century. From the 18th century, Jews in Isle sur la Sorgue began trading silk and woollens thus contributing to the town’s wealth. The Jewish cemetery on Route de Caumont where the dead were buried until the last century alone bears testament to the former Israeli community.
  • Le quartier Juif 1 - L' Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
  • Le quartier Juif 1 - L' Isle-sur-la-Sorgue