The Jewish Odyssey
Discover how the Kingdom of Portugal in the 12th century recognized the Jewish community as a distinct legal entity, with its own jurisdiction. You’ll also stop by historic areas, important memorials, and landmarks’ of today’s Jewish community. For instance, theShaare Tikva(Lisbon Synagogue). The first synagogue to be built in Portugal since the late 15th century.
Hear about the different Jewish communities that lived in Lisbon and throughout Portugal, since the Middle Ages. Also visit historic quarters, and see famous memorials. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Jewish culture. Discover the important Jewish and Portuguese people who shaped history, saving thousands of souls over the centuries. The likes of Abraham Anahory and Aristides Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees.
Furthermore, explore the narrow streets of the Alfama quarter (Lisbon's oldest neighborhood), finding the Jewish history in its core.Finally, learn about today's Lisbon. A city of tolerance and creativity. Also, explore the narrow streets of the Alfama quarter, one of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to step back in time with this historical tour.
Highlights: explore Lisbon through the lives of Portugal’s Jewish communities; go to the Lisbon Synagogue (Shaare Tikva), Portugal’s 1st synagogue since the 15th century; discover who they were and how they lived; hear about the 1506 Massacre and how it started; walk down the “Rua de Judiara” in Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood.
Departure: daily except Sunday. Includes: pick-up at a meeting point in Lisbon, a guide, entrance fees to the synagogue. Minimum 2 people.
Please note: we will need passport number and names from each participantthat takes part on the tour, for security reasons to visit the synagogue.