Discover the history of Jewish people in Portugal on this half-day privately guided tour in Lisbon. Explore Lisbon’s historical Jewish sites and learn about the presence of Jews before the kingdom of Portugal. Follow your guide to Rossio Square, the Jewish Cemetery and step into the synagogue Shaare Tikva (own expense) where you gain insight into Jewish heritage.
Meet your guide at the local tourist office in Lisbon and begin your half-day private Jewish tour. Begin by learning about the history of the Jewish people before Portugal’s formation into a country in the 12th century. Then, hear about how King Manuel I passed legislation three centuries later that prevented Jews from leaving Portugal and required them to convert to Christianity.
After gaining general background information about Jewish heritage in Portugal, head to Rossio Square, the site of the Saint Catholic Inquisition, where thousands of Jews were mercilessly killed in bonfires if they protested converting to the Christian religion.
Next, stop at the Synagogue Shaare Tikva (own expense) and then discover the Jewish cemetery constructed when Jewish people initially established themselves in Lisbon. Hear about Jose Amzalaga, the first person entombed here in 1804.
Note that Synagogue Shaare Tikva is closed Fridays and extra time will be allotted at Sintra where you can discover its plentiful monuments and sites.
Reviews by Viator travelers
It was not very informative and we...
, Oct 2014
It was not very informative and we spent 3 hours walking single file and only about 45 mins
Actually seeing or hearing anything related to Portugese Jewish History!
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 !