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Bonastruc ca Porta Centre - Nahmanides Institute for Jewish Studies

C/ Sant Llorenc s/n, 17004 Girona, Spain
34 34 972 21 67 61
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Ranked #8 of 30 attractions in Girona
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We stopped by Girona on our way back to Barcelona from a visit to the Dali museum in Figueres. We had heard about the Jewish museum in Girona and were interesting in visiting it. It's a little difficult to find, even with our map, but we eventually stumbled onto it. The displays are fairly simple, but give a good description... More

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Boston
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I really liked this museum a lot. It had artifacts and videos that simulated via animation what life really looked like in the Call. It brought the history alive to me in a way that other museums have been unable to do. I highly recommend a visit.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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205 reviews 205 reviews
155 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is just a museum. Most of the objects have been brought from elswhere because none were found in Girona. But the explanations were very good and the museum gave a very strong feeling of closeness with the house, surrounding courtyards, neighbouring houses, narrow lanes where Jews lived, laughed, were persecuted and eventually converted or fled. This is as close... More

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were taking advantage of the discount you get in Girona when you go to one of five museums you get into the others at half price. To be fair the entrance fees were only €2 - €5 so the savings weren't huge. This museum has an array of exhibits and art work which together with the supporting written explanations... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A great place to get the history of the Call Jewish Quarter. Very well done a must see. Lots to learn & observe. Shows how important the Jewish settlers were to girona.

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suburban Boston, MA
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98 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This museum does a great job of explaining the life and history of the Jewish community in Spain. It is a very interesting visit, whether or not you are Jewish. Girona is a beautiful and interesting place - and this is part of what contributes to the understanding of all of Girona's history.

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Verdi, Nevada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This museum really puts it all together after going through the Jewish Quarter in Girona. Brings some understanding to what you were looking at wandering through the cramped allies and climbing up and down the stairs.

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Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I made a pilgrimage from Barca to see this museum and the Jewish quarter. The museum has NO items from the town or Spain in general- bc the Inquisition destroyed them all. They've made a grand museum containing relics from a zillion other countries, cheezy videos, copies and reproductions. The sole real things they have are gravestones, and one doorway... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Very interesting, such a forgotten piece of our history: Catalonia's hostory and Jewish hostory! I completely reccomend it!

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Newton, MA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2008

Discovered in the 1970’s, the Museo was located in the “Khal”, the Jewish neighborhood, and was the site of the yeshiva (place of learning) of Nachmanides, known in Catalan as Bonastruc ÇaPorta, a Chief Rabbi of Catalan and great Jewish Talmudist and kabalist who lived from 1194 -1270 and was banished by king James I of Aragon for his spirited... More

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