Sinagoga Shaaré Tikva
Sinagoga Shaaré Tikva
4.5

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  • Rato • 1 min walk
  • Marquês de Pombal • 7 min walk
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Michael F
Tel Aviv, Israel598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
The Lisbon synagogue was inaugurated in 1904. It was the first synagogue to be built in Portugal since the late 15th century. Ventura Terra conceived a temple in a style mixing Neo-Byzantine and Neo-Romanesque, consistent with the Oriental fashion for Synagogue architecture.
It's a lovely synagogue and it's the center of the Portuguese Jewish community.
Also Belmonte, Porto and Tomar synagogues are worth visiting!!
Written August 12, 2014
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N0rah-911
Washington DC, DC18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I had the extraordinarily wonderful experience of attending kol nidre.
The congregation was very welcoming.
Bring your passport if you wish to participate.
Very easy to get to by Metro yellow line.
Written October 8, 2019
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Michael F
Tel Aviv, Israel598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
This is a very beautiful and unique synagogue, really worthy of a visit!
The synagogue is closed to public visits unless you book an appointment in advance - call the phone number indicated on the synagogue website or contact the synagogue administration by e-mail to schedule a visit.
Another way is just to go there on Friday evening or on Saturday morning for the Shabbat prayers - it's the best way to visit this beautiful synagogue.
The synagogue is within walking distance from the metro (Rato station - yellow line) and it's within walking distance from Marques de Pombal square.
I also recommend to visit Porto's synagogue!
Written July 30, 2016
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LoveToCTheWorld
New York City, NY76 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I very rarely come to TripAdvisor to write a negative review, but my experience at the Lisbon Synagogue forces me to do so. In 8 days of traveling in Portugal, the ONLY rude person I came into contact with was Allan, the gentleman who leads "tours" of this synagogue.

I arranged my appointment weeks in advance as instructed by their website. My time was for 11:30 and when I arrived Allan yelled at me for being late as my appointment was supposedly at 11 (despite email evidence to the contrary).

He rudely demanded 5 Euros from me as I stood there in shock at how unprofessional and unwelcoming he was. When I asked if we could still do the tour, he said, "Do you want to see the synagogue or not?!?" He was slightly rude in our email correspondence leading up to the visit, but nothing prepared me for how awful he was in person.

I've traveled to 51 countries and seen synagogues all over the world - I've never had an experience like this. Also, to be quite honest the synagogue's interior isn't much to see any way.

If you're looking for a beautiful synagogue along with an incredibly inviting reception and informative tour - please go to Porto and visit the synagogue there!
Written June 6, 2017
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coldshy
hudson valley, new york71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Before leaving for a trip that would end with several days in Lisbon, I contacted the Synagogue to ask if we could visit there while in Lisbon. This began a correspondence with a woman named Ana. We made an appointment to visit and hailed a cab and arrived at a locked gate. After a short while a gentleman opened the gate and we walked into the courtyard that housed the Synagogue. Finally, I got to meet Ana. What a treat that was. It was if we had always known each other. She showed us the inside of the shul and invited us to sit as she told us about the history of both the synagogue and the Jews in Portugal. The synagogue is beautiful. Not to be missed. It was built in 1921 and was the first to be built since the 15th century when the Jews were expelled from Portugal. There are 600 members, but a small group that are actually active. The highlight of the day was Ana. She is the most lovely person and although we live in different worlds...our worlds ideas and views are so much the same. When we got home I sent her a thank you...she responded by sending me a youtube of Itzak Perelman and Neil Sedaka..among others...doing a rendition of "Yiddishe Mamah", telling me that we were both Yiddishe Mamahs. If you have any interest in Jewish history don't miss this unique experience. You will be inspired.
Written November 8, 2016
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Brenda L
Deerfield Beach, FL62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Sadly, the entrance is secured because of the unending prejudice against Jews in Portugal. However, the majesty and preservation of this holy place is remarkable and teaches many lessons about keeping the faith alive, protecting holy relics, and the sustenance of charity. Visit, make a donation and validate the courage of the Jewish people!
Written June 14, 2016
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Mitchell F
New York City, NY395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We contacted the synagogue by email months before to request a visit. Prompt response and addressed the dates that we were available. Visit confirmed! Send a reminder out two weeks before. Bring 20 euro at least for a donation. Lovely sanctuary and a short talk from a member of the congregation. Take pics. Guys need to cover their head so bring a hat and your passport please. Rato subway stop. The address is Rua Alexandre Herculano 59. Ring the bell outside Lisboa Shaare Tikvah Synagogue. 30 minutes from start to finish. Shalom.
Written July 24, 2018
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RutiAmal
London, UK64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
I got in touch with the synagogue almost a month in advance of my visit for Shabbat prayers, sent my passport and other details....when I arrived at the gates, a good-looking young gentlemen conducted an endless interrogation, including details of my life, how and when I ended up in Britain, also tested my Jewish knowledge...I wondered at which point he would shut the gates into my face...but once I was admitted he was very nice to me. If you are prepared for the hassle of it, well worth visiting - it is beautiful....though can't say people are welcoming - nobody talked to me apart from a couple of American visitors.
Written August 8, 2017
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319Suzanne
London, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Although I had researched the synagogue on line I didn't realise you must prebook an appointment. Once I achieved this we were met by a lovely lady who gave us a tour and information on the Jewish community past and present. It is a beautiful synagogue and we'll worth a double trip.
Written February 27, 2017
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Linda M
Alexandria, VA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
The Portugese have always been good to the Jews. They are proud of this synagogue and should be. The area it is in is great for walking around too.
Written October 15, 2016
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