Lorca Taller del Tiempo

Lorca Taller del Tiempo

Lorca Taller del Tiempo
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10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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In medieval Lorca the castle, and under the protection of the Alfonsina Tower, housed the Jewish quarter of the city. The excavations of this neighborhood have made it possible to know the Jewish houses of the time, with a rectangular floor plan, compartmentalized in rooms, and which can be used for living rooms, kitchens, warehouses and other rooms with different uses. Benches attached to the wall, tinajeros, cupboards, raised alcoves, etc. In lorquina Jewry the Hebrews established their synagogue, an exceptional example of Jewish religious art in Spain. The temple was built underground because according to the laws of the time it could not exceed the height of the churches and this, together with the fact that it was never converted into a Christian temple, has allowed the synagogue to remain in an exceptional state. The Archaeological Park of Lorca Castle has been conceived as a space to enjoy the finds excavated in the Jewish quarter through a walk through the streets of the archaeological remains of the Jewish quarter, discover how were their houses, their trades and traditions, And the feeling of Jewish spirituality with the visit to its exceptional synagogue.
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solo70
Mijas, Spain70 contributions
Solo
What a find! Imagine the moment when a workman, digging out froundations for the new Parador hotel, shouts: "Hey, Boss! Come and look at this. It's a wall; and a floor; obviously man-made!" Then the builders stop, and the archaelologists come in. But miraculously the two groups collaborate and we can see the result -- a modern hotel built carefully around and above the ruins of a 15th century village! Shards of glass and pottery enabled the archaeologists to realise that the village's largest building was a synagogue! The whole site was, amazingly, a Jewish village that flourished despite the "Christian re-conquest" of Spain. Anyone can judge that those are ancient walls preserved under what looks like bullet-proof glass; but take the Guided Visit, and everything will suddenly make sense. Here was a little street. There was a small patio with doorways leading into a 3-roomed house. Over there was the oven where the glass-maker produced the lamps that lit the synagogue. And the synagogue itself has been re-created with a lightweight roof and walls suspended over (but not touching) the original walls and floor with its clay tiles laid in a fish-tail pattern. Nobody knows for sure why the village was ruined. It was never attacked. But Lorca sits on a seismic hot-spot, so it's probable that an earthquake caused the place to be abandoned.
There certainly was a large earthquake in 2011 which damaged buildings in the town and funds for archaelology were diverted for more urgent repair work. The "dig" was consolidated, to be continued at some future date. I for one would not have objected if the very modest charge (€4 for an hour's guided tour) had been doubled and saved to bring that future a little closer. It was worth driving five hours to learn about such a unique site.
Written October 10, 2015
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Psychobry
Chipperfield, UK44 contributions
Absolutely fascinating. Lydia is an archaeology student and her passion and interest in the fascination of the dig was infectious.
Simple and interesting. Story well told. Well worth the money.
Written August 12, 2019
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Thank you for your review of our visit. We'll pass on your congratulations to Lydia.
Written August 13, 2019
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Jordicans7
Barcelona, Spain257 contributions
Friends
A unique circumstance, the fact that the synagogue was left alone inside the old castle and was covered by the earth, permitted that it was not converted to a catholic church, thus remaining untouched. A lot of the original houses of the ols jewish quarter has been also conserved
Written March 23, 2019
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Dear visitor, thank you for your opinion about the synagogue.
Written June 28, 2019
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Ron R
Green Cove Springs, FL513 contributions
This is a temple, a holy place of worship, not some website name. Its correct name is Synagogue de Lorca.
We stayed at the Parador and were given a terrific afternoon tour by Elena. It was supposed to be in Spanish. Since we were only two couples, the other couple agreed we could do Spanish & English. A most excellent time and the high point of Parador de Lorca
Written November 22, 2017
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Tim S
38 contributions
Couples
Fantastic way to spend an afternoon. €5 per person was value for money with plenty to see and enjoy as you learn about the history of the fortress and the peoples who inhabited it. Lovely little cafeteria too which gave excellent value - a shared salad was enormous!
Written May 10, 2016
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Dear visitor, thank you for your opinion about the fortress.
Written May 19, 2016
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lovegeog
Solihull, UK181 contributions
Couples
On the site of the castle (and the Parador hotel) these excavations are well worth visiting. You have to go with a (Spanish) guide into this section; we were fortunate in that other visitors didn't arrive, so the guide gave us a private visit in English! You can see the on-going excavations of the Jewish settlement, but the synagogue itself is very atmospheric. There are interesting and informative displays with English translations.
Written March 9, 2015
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Mojaquera
Mojacar, Spain495 contributions
Excavations located on the grounds of the Castle/Parador gives a glimpse into ancient times. You must pay for a g uided tour of this old Jewish quarter and tours are only scheduled three times a day. The guide was very good (Ruben) and even gave the explanations in English. The area is mostly ruins but they have added renovations to what was the synagogue.
Written December 20, 2019
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kurdish36
United Kingdom39 contributions
Family
Visited with my lovely daughter and granddaughter-drowned in Spainish culture loved this place - well worth a visit
Written December 4, 2019
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Trudie S
Toulouse, France181 contributions
Couples
We visited this during our day at Lorca Castle and the history behind the Jews at Lorca is fascinating. There is a guided tour of the site. The synagogue is very well preserved and restoration has been done very skilfully and sensitively.
Written March 26, 2016
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DazFerguson
Glasgow, UK35 contributions
Family
Family of 4 at €4 each was well spent on this tour within the castle of Lorca. Our guide spoke excellent English and made the tour feel alive. A very silent place considering it is covered over by the hotel.
Finding this part of Jewish history whilst digging out the foundations for the hotel must have been the best find ever taking 10 years to then build up and over whilst preserving the synagogue and surrounding remains of the houses is well worth a visit.
Written September 17, 2015
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