Porta degli ebrei, Oria
The first Jews in Oria, Taranto and Otranto arrived after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The affluent community they formed was for centuries a center of cultural and economic exchange for the Mediterranean basin. Following an attack by Saracen raiders in the 10th century, the community lost most of its assets and prestige. Today the Jewish presence in Oria can be traced through a few remaining buildings, inscriptions, and names.