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The upper portion of the Toscana Ketubah is based on the exterior of the the Great Synagogue of Florence, Italy, with its beautifully carved stone façade, octagonal turrets, and copper dome. The lower portion of the ketubah is based on a design motif found above the synagogue’s <em>aron kodesh</em> (holy ark). The color scheme is true to the original. The landscape at the top of the ketubah shows two Italian cypress trees, growing together on the soft, rolling hills so typical to the Tuscan countryside.
The Great Synagogue in Florence, Italy was built just eleven years after Italian Reunification, when Jews were no longer required to live in ghettos. It was built in Via Farini, which, at the time was at the edge of a rapidly developing city. The architects, chosen through a competition, were Treves, Falcini, and Micheli. Completed in 1882 after eight years of construction, it was inspired by the Byzantine church, Hagia Sofia, in Istanbul (Constantinople), yet also shows Moorish and Art Nouveau influences both in the interior and exterior design.
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