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Half Day Guided Lisbon Jewish Tour (4 Hours)


Lisbon, Portugal

Valid for Travel Now Through: 08 Dec 2018

Half Day Guided Lisbon Jewish Tour (4 Hours )

Lisbon, Portugal

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There was a time when the Jews of Lisbon were among the strongest and most concentrated Jewish communities on the globe. This was the turn of the 16th Century, when Portugal became the wealthiest nation in the world and Lisbon was at the center of it all. Making up one fourth of the city’s population, the Jews settled in Lisbon fleeing persecution in Spain, and for a time, they enjoyed peace and prosperity in Portugal’s capital. Known as the Jewish Golden Age in Portugal, the beginning of the 16th century saw Jews become advisors to Kings and Queens, geographers and doctors, explorers and mathematicians. This was a tentative prosperity, however, and the great achievements of Jews occurred alongside great violence.

As you retrace key sites of Jewish cultural life in Lisbon, this tour allows you to get a sense of both the towering feats of the Lisbon Jews and the huge hardships they faced. Your guide starts off your day by offering a general overview of the captivating history of the Jews of Lisbon. You’ll then take a short walk through the city center and make your way to the site of the 1506 Jewish Massacre near the Church of São Domingos. The next stop is a more lighthearted one. At the Castle of Saint George, a must-see in Lisbon, you’ll enjoy some of the finest panoramic views in the city. From here, your guide will escort you through Alfama, one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters on the Mediterranean. A labyrinthine district filled with dense alleyways and Lisbon’s signature red tile roofs, Alfama has been called the “soul of Lisbon.” You’ll then take a stroll through Commerce Square, where thousands of Jews were forced to be baptized in the 15th century. You’ll end on a more upbeat note, with a visit to the renowned Synagogue of Lisbon (Shaare Tikva).

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Special instructions:
- This tour includes a certified guide.
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Entrance fees and lunch are not included in the price of this tour. Entrance fees: Saint George’s Castle is 7.5€ per person, Lisbon Synagogue is 5€ per person. Churches are free of charge.
- Is your group bigger than 6? We can accommodate you. Please call ShoreTrips for pricing.

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