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 (own expense) and the Jewish cemetery.
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
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 (own expense), 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.
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Half Day Private Lisbon Jewish Tour
- Local guide
- Entrance Fees (10 euro)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Food and beverages, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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: Sandy N, November 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!