Private Tour of Belmonte’s Jewish History
There have been Jews in Portugal since the Middle Ages, but the community suffered a major blow in 1497, when the king ordered Jews either to convert to Christianity or leave the country.
The establishment of the Portuguese Inquisition in 1536 meant a permanent danger of persecution and an effective destruction of Portuguese Jewish culture.
Today, your expert guide will introduce you to the history of the only surviving peninsular community of descendants of Sephardic Jews.
The Marranos living in Belmonte, a town in central Portugal, are sometimes referred to as the “Belmonte Jews.” They are a Jewish community that lived in secrecy for hundreds of years by maintaining a tradition of endogamy and by hiding all the external signs of their faith.
Your guide will take you through the historical quarter of the town and the Jewish Museum to give you a detailed look at the Jewish presence here and throughout Portugal, and the historical significance of the community.
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