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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 Portugal cultural Heritage tour is about discovering the iconic places and people of Lisbon from a Jewish perspective. We will share with you in this Jewish Lisbon tour in Portugal:

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.

Our Jewish Lisbon Heritage tour continues now in 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.

About this tour:

Private

Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).

Custom-made

The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences.

Tour Length

Our day tours last approximately 8 hours (Pick Up and Drop Off at your hotel or apartment)

Itinerary

1 Day Jewish Lisbon Heritage

Time : 9:00 am

Lisbon, Rossio, Alfama, Graça, Bairro Alto, Chiado, Belem

A day tour of the amazing Lisbon, situated on the banks of the River Tagus. Our private Jewish Lisbon tour takes you to three of the four old Jewish quarters in Lisbon. We start out in the Alfama Jewish quarter, where you will discover the most ancient and traditional neighborhood in all of Lisbon. Wander with us through the narrow streets and local small squares – truly an experience not to be missed. From there, we head to the heart of Lisbon, where we will see many shops, cafes, and artists. We walk on one of the most beautiful streets in Lisbon – Augusta Street – and see Rossio Square, with its famous Theater D. Maria II, previously known as the Palace of Estaus – the Inquistion Headquarters. Here you will visit the Jewish Memorial, known as Largo de Sao Domingos. This memorial to the victims of the 1506 Jewish Massacre was erected on April 19, 2006, the 500th anniversary of their slaughter. To end our tour we will visit the Ashkenazy synagogue of Lisbon a testimony of the B’nei Anusim. Also we will visit the highlights of the city.

Inclusions

  •  Hotel pick-up and drop off
  •  Bottled water
  •  Transport by private vehicle
  •  Private tour guide
  •  Wifi on board
  •  Tickets to Synagogue

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees unless specified on inclusions
  1. :

    Brilliant tour with great insight into both Jewish as well as Christian history not to mention Islamic influence. Paulo is a fantastic guide with deep knowledge of Lisbon and surrounding areas.

  2. :

    We had the best tour and vacation with Jewish Lisbon Tour with Paulo Moreira Reis! Paulo is so very educated and it was a pleasure to spend five days with him. At every place that we visited, Paulo recounted the history and the significance of the venue.
    In between stops we had such interesting conversations about present day Lisbon and surrounding areas.
    Paulo was always punctual and the van was very comfortable!
    We would recommend Paulo and his company to anyone who is visiting Lisbon!!

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