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The Jewish Monument

at the Palais de Justice

of Rouen

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Discovered just twenty years ago, it is certainly one of the most mysterious monuments in our town. Not only is it the oldest Jewish monument preserved in Western Europe –discovered around 1100–, but it is also the object of a specialists' debate about its origins. Whereas Rouen's Jewish community estimates it was a synagogue, American professor Norman Golb thinks that it was a school for Hebraic studies. Most French archeologists are inclined to favour the hypothesis of its having been the residence of a rich Jew.

This document was carried out by  Jacques.Tanguy@wanadoo.fr

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The english edition is now available !

80 pages
10 maps and drawings
8 photographs

Description of the Monument. Presentation of the involved theses.

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