It is a fact that the Jewish communities in Lisbon were in the past, essential to the life in the city. Jewish people were the advisers of Kings and Queens, doctors and even some of the explorers, geographers and mathematicians that transformed Portugal into the wealthiest nation in the world in the 16th century. The tour will start with a general introduction to the Jewish presence of the city, followed by a nice walk in the city center passing by the site of the 1506 Jewish Massacre near the Church of São Domingos. The tour will proceed to the Castle of Saint George (with the best panoramic view of the city) and it will be from here that we will start to walk down one of the most well preserved Jewish Quarters in Alfama, Portugal.
After lunch we will continue our tour with a visit to the only Synagogue of Lisbon (Shaare Tikvá), passing by the Commerce Square- the square where thousands of Jews were forced to be baptized in the 15th century. Our last part of the day will be in Belém to visit the Jerónimos Monastery, masterpiece of the Manueline style and a tribute to the king that welcomed and protected the Jews that fled from Spain and then expelled them in 1496. There will be time for a last stop at the Monument to the Discoveries where you will have the opportunity to see the faces of Jewish men that participated actively in the Portuguese Golden Age of the Discoveries.