Historical researches indicate that the Jewish presence in Portugal remounts before the formation of the kingdom of Portugal. On this half day tour, you have the opportunity to explore the Jewish site of Lisbon. Visit Rossio Square, the synagogue Shaare Tikva and the Jewish cemetery.
- Private tour of Jewish sites in Lisbon and Sintra
- Learn about Portugal’s Jewish history
- Visit the beautiful Shaare Tikva synagogue
- Enjoy photo opportunities at Rossio Square
- Local guide
- Private tour ensures a more personal experience
In the 12th century, Portugal became a nation, and the first Jewish communities appeared in Lisbon. But in the 15th century, King Manuel I enacted a law that prohibited Jewish people from departing Portugal, and he force them to convert to Christianity.
You will begin your visit at the place where the Saint Catholic Inquisition burned thousands and thousands of Jews that refused to accept the Christian faith in the bonfires of the Square of Rossio in Lisbon.
Visit the Synagogue Shaare Tikva, as well as the cemetery which was built when the Jewish settled into Lisbon. The first to be buried in this cemetery was Jose Amzalaga, who died on February 26, 1804.
Please note: The Synagogue Shaare Tikva is closed on Fridays. If you choose to book a Friday tour, then more time will be spent at Sintra where you will have longer to explore the many monuments which are there.
Reviewed by Warren K, USA, July 2012
Cristina was our guide and this was a great private walking tour. Over a span of 4.5 hours she took us to the very interesting lisbon synagogue and walked us all all across the city showing us the jewish history of Lisbon. We toured the alfama district and she pointed out details of the jewish heritage still visible on a street, on a wall or in a church. No tour book can substitute for her personal knowledge and expertise. It was well worth it for those that are want ot learn mor eabout jewish history. The only negative commentary we have is that for the price of the tour we thought the entry fee to the synagogue could have been eliminated. Otherwise we highly recomment the tour !
Reviewed by Larisa P, USA, July 2010