Lisbon, a port city open to the world, is for centuries a place of presence and shelter for thousands of Jewish families. The first records of the Jewish presence date back to the 4th century BC. The Jewish community has resisted and adapted to the society of Lisbon with the presence of the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors. In the Christian period of Portugal, starting in the 12th century, the community will live its time of greater affirmation, existing in Lisbon two Jewry, the great and the small, and several Jews with access to positions of government, university and they are at the head of great mercantile companies, mainly in the 15th century. But if in this century they reach their social and economic apogee, also in this century they will know great persecution that will lead to the expulsion of thousands of Jews, their massacre and their clandestinity.
However, this darkest period of our history will be redeemed in the 20th century, when the new Synagogue of Lisbon is inaugurated and the community will once again find a period of peace and prosperity. This century is also marked by the passage and permanence of many Jews fleeing anti-Semitic Europe towards new places of tolerance and peace.
On this 3-hour tour you will get to know these and other incredible stories of the presence and passage of the Jewish community through the city of Lisbon. Walking through the streets where the Jewish settlements existed, discover their vestiges, understand their experiences and their traditions that have been rooted to this day in Portuguese culture and families.
This tour includes:
- Private tour guide, who will meet you at your hotel/apartment;
Not included: public transportation or taxi, other non-mentioned monument entrance fees and personal expenses (such as food or drinks).
75€ per person*
min. 2 persons
* It’s possible to visit the Synagogue from Monday to Thursday with advanced booking. If the client choses to include the visit to the Synagogue the tour takes 4 hours instead of 3 and the price is 105€ per person (minimum 2 persons), including the entrance to the Synagogue and private transportation.