Jewish Lisbon

After the conquest, Christian Lisbon maintained neighbourhoods where mostly people of other religions lived. In addition to the Mouraria (Moors), which still exists today, Lisbon had at least four Jewish quarters. However over the centuries they have lived almost side by side, from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century.

‘ If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past’

Baruch Spinoza

Our interactive, insider Jewish Lisbon cultural Heritage tour is about discovering the iconic places and people of Lisbon from a Jewish perspective. We will share with you:

In the Middle Ages, Jews played an important role in the administration of the kingdom, in urban evolution and in the commercial business of the city. Lisbon had four Jewish Quarters and many families lived outside the areas assigned to the Jews, a sign of the population dimension that the community reached in the 15th century.

The Jewish Lisbon cultural heritage, shows us that the jewries occupied a privileged area in the city space. Present throughout the kingdom, Jews achieved significant economic, social, fiscal and cultural relevance. Usually associated with the urban environment, they settled in areas of strong identity. The Jewries or, more simply, the Jewish quarters or Jewish streets. But the area reserved for the Jewish minority in urban Lisbon tended to take on great resemblance. Stemming from similar choices as to its locations and orientations.

Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest quarter was once a Jewish neighborhood. Along, Rua da Judiaria, is still visible where was located the Synagogue as well as the Rabbi house. These are some of the few remains of Alfama Jewish past. Jews have lived in this Lisbon area until it’s expulsion in 1496.

Jewish Rural Heritage Tour

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.

Fatima & Tomar Tour From Lisbon

Fátima is one of the most important shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The main pilgrimage festivals take place from May to October on the 13th day of each month. Our visit is dedicated to the sanctuary area where some of the reported apparitions took place to the three shepherd children.

After we visit also Aljustrel the shepherds village, as well shepherds home and shepherds well. Our last visit is Valinhos, other apparition site of the Virgin Mary to the three children.

On the way now to Tomar the Templar City and by exploring the historical town’s center we stop at Republic Square to see the Manueline facade of the St. John Baptist church and the typical windows of the old buildings known as a postcard of this city.

Our visit continues to the Castle and Convent of the Knights Templar, a Unesco’s World Heritage Site, has one of the most expressive testimonies to the history of Portuguese architecture, that later became the Order of Christ, construction of which occurred between the 12th and the 17th centuries.

Crypto-Jews Route

Real Embrace Portugal, Jewish heritage cultural route, showcases a vibrant and rich Portuguese Jewish Legacy, by opening the doors of the past to the travellers of today. Discover the iconic places, people from a Jewish perspective by showing you how Jews live in Portugal, and their Jewish life.

Let us guide you through a magnificent historical legacy that defines the Jews in Portugal. Discover your ancestral routes, by walking in the footsteps of your ancestors.

This Jewish heritage Cultural route in Portugal will share with you:

The history of Jewish community in Belmonte:

The B’nei Anussim (Marranos) also called New Christians, Converted, Conversos, Crypto-Jews, among other terms or expressions.

By the high number of cruciform inscriptions, Jews in Portugal as well New Christians, are a prove in this ancient region. This a testemony of their “Christianization” and of their Jewish cultural heritage.

In the Jewish Community of Belmonte, different sets of houses stand out from the main church. Some of them dating from the 15th-16th century. Inside the Judiaria area we can find the Synagogue. Here the Jewish Heritage and culture is without a question of undeniable value.

Some types of cruciformes are for example, a fact of Jewish presence in different urban groups. Above all, 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 tour in a territory with very important Jewish traditions. Here they started with small communes with around 50 Jews in the middle of the 15th century. After that they became almost 200. Here we find some important Jews and local family names, such as the Adida, Abenazo, Baruc, Faravam, Navarro and Sacuto.

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.

Coimbra & Aveiro Tour From Lisbon

Spend a day exploring the historic sites of Coimbra and Aveiro on this action-packed private tour. You’ll save time booking transport by having a convenient pickup from your hotel. Travel in style in a comfortable private vehicle between dispersed sites including Coimbra’s new and old cathedrals, one of Europe’s oldest universities, the area labelled as the “Venice of Portugal” in Aveiro, and The Monastery of Jesus. You’ll also get to sample Aveiro’s popular “Ovos Moles” sweets before being returned to your hotel.

Upon arrival, explore the narrow streets and see architecture that dates from the Baroque to the Renaissance to the modern. Look at the austere façade of the Sé Nova de Coimbra (New Cathedral of Coimbra), and admire one of the most important Romanesque Roman Catholic buildings in Portugal at the Sé Velha de Coimbra (Old Cathedral of Coimbra).

Find Arab influences from the Moors on the narrow streets of the city center, and see architecture with Roman origins. Sample food from the region, and meet the friendly locals. Learn about the 13th-century origins of one of the oldest universities in Europe, and discover the Pantheon of Portugal’s 1st two kings.

Continue to the “Venice of Portugal” at Aveiro. Explore the town center’s enchanting canals and square. Try some of Aveiro’s traditional ovos moles (soft eggs) sweets before you depart for Lisbon.

Lisboa Judaica

A viagem que vos propomos é um olhar atento sobre um património, nem sempre visível, uma vez que sujeito a inúmeras destruições e pressões, mas que vamos descobrindo gradualmente, na toponímia, na gastronomia e nas
tradições.
A visita inicia-se na zona mais antiga e típica da cidade: Alfama. Percorremos as ruas estreitas e labirínticas e deixamo-nos conduzir em direção ao rio Tejo. Visitamos três, das quatro, antigas judiarias: a do Bairro da Pedreira, a mais antiga, a de Alfama, a Judiaria Velha e a Judiaria Nova ou das Taracenas.

Durante o percurso paramos para observar o belo portal manuelino da Igreja da Conceição Velha.
Já na bela Praça do Comércio, antigo Terreiro do Paço, palco de acontecimentos que marcaram a História dos Judeus, teremos a oportunidade de observar o rigoroso traçado urbanístico da Baixa Pombalina, com as suas
ruas alinhadas e perpendiculares, embelezadas pela calçada portuguesa. Entre lojas, artistas e cafés percorremos uma das ruas mais bonitas da capital, a rua Augusta encimada pelo Arco do mesmo nome e rumamos em direção
à Praça D. Pedro IV (Rossio). Aqui, onde hoje está o Teatro D. Maria II, estaria localizado o Palácio dos Estaus (Sede da Inquisição).

Bem perto, no Largo de São Domingos uma placa evocativa em homenagem aos milhares de judeus
vítimas do massacre de 1506. Ainda no Rossio, e a jeito de descanso, saboreamos algo típico da cidade de
Lisboa. Deixamos uma pista, para quem a desconhece, chegou a Lisboa no século XV, da Ásia, e podemos escolher “com elas ou sem elas”…

Da parte da tarde, depois do almoço, visitamos a Sinagoga de Lisboa, Shaaré Tikvá a primeira construída de raiz, desde a destruição oficial do judaísmo português em 1497.
Tempo para irmos até ao Largo do Carmo, sítio repleto de História e onde, na Idade Média teria existido a mais antiga Judiaria de Lisboa, a do Bairro da Pedreira.
A grande epopeia dos Descobrimentos Portugueses teve o contributo de importantes elementos da comunidade judaica que, com o seu saber científico, desenvolveram estudos e técnicas da navegação. O nosso percurso continua
pois, em Belém, lugar onde se encontram os principais monumentos que testemunham esse período da História: o Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a Torre de Belém e o Padrão dos Descobrimentos.