Jewish Portugal tour, is about a vibrant and rich Portugal Jewish Identity. Discover the rural Jewish communities in Portugal from a Jewish perspective. Let us guide you through a magnificent historical legacy.
Must not miss this interactive and insider 10 days Cultural Heritage tour. So, come, meet the people and immerse yourself in the local culture.
This Jewish Portugal heritage tours will share with you:
The legacy of rural Jewish communities in Portugal:
The B’nei Anussim (Marranos) also called New Christians, Converted, Conversos, Crypto-Jews, among other terms or expressions.
Jews in Portugal as well New Christians are a prove in this ancient region by the high number of cruciform inscriptions. This is a testemony of their “Christianization” and it’s cultural heritage.
Different sets of houses stand out from the main churches, dating from the 15th-16th century as a testemony of Portugal Jewish heritage. Inside the one closest to the Catholic temple we can find an Hekhal or Aron-ah-Kodesh (Law Cabinet) adapted by the Jews in Portugal.
Some types of cruciformes are for example, a fact of Jewish presence in different urban groups. But however, the Latin Cross, has a double interpretation in it’s decoration – Jewish and Catholic. In adition and consequently, the Star of David can be seen in manor and emblazoned houses, bridges and fountains of medieval architecture.
Meanwhile, we continue our Jewish Portugal tour in a territory with very important Jewish traditions. Here they started with small Jewish communes with around 50 Jews in the middle of the 15th century. After that they became almost 200. Here we find some important and local Jewish family names, such as the Adida, Abenazo, Baruc, Faravam, Navarro and Sacuto. They will become a reference in Portugal Jewish history.
After the date of expulsion of the Jews from Spain (1492), many of the refugees flocked to this region (Covilhã). The purpose was to intensify the work of woolen goods. This work practiced in a very rudimentary way between two villages (at the time), with steep and steep streams, offered the necessary hydraulic energy for the movement of the mill wheels.
- Additional facts: This private tour can be customized according to specific interests.