Sinagoga de Belmonte
Sinagoga de Belmonte
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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stephrab
New York City, NY726 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The Jewish community of Belmonte survived over 500 years in hiding and survived the worst that the RC Church’s Inquisition could do (and that IS saying a lot). Over the last 100 years the community has started to come out of hiding and rejoin the larger worldwide Jewish community (Please go see the Museum for the full story). This synagogue is new BUT is the home of THE oldest continuous Jewish community on the whole Iberian Penisula and thus, one of the oldest in the world. The synagogue is small as the community is small. It is beautiful with an amazing view.

Please visit. If you are Jewish, please contact them in advance to help make a Minyon on Shabbat.

To get to visit the building you must make arrangements at the Museum. There is a small fee to visit which we gladly paid. Further, near the door is a tzedakah box (i.e. charity) where donations are used by the local community. PLEASE visit and make a donation in addition to paying the fee to visit.
Written August 26, 2021
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נועה צ
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
The Jewish museum in Belmonte tells the story of the jewish community and the community of the nueve christianos in Portugal. Even though 500 years have passed from the time Jews were forced to convert their religion, it seems when you visit there as if it happened not long ago. An amazing cultural phenomena is revealed in Belmonte and other small cities in the area - The phenomenon of families that tried to preserve some symbols of their original Jewish religion thus forming a new way of secret religious ceremonies that took place in the houses and were passed through 20 generations mostly from mothers to daughters. Visiting there you understand the complexity of the making of an identity , which in these communities created a new identity not known to others and not always understood by others.
Written September 11, 2013
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caspimordo
Nahariya, Israel14 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Friends
These people do need support both financial and spiritual.if you are aware of the tragic past history of the Marranos of Portugal, you will find this to be the most emotional experience of your trip. Against all odds this community survived. They are amazing people. You do have to be Jewish to enter the synagogue during prayers. I went there because my family had been part of the community and moved to Amsterdam in 1620. To hear Hebrew prayers and songs again in a synagogue in Portugal was a miracle. There is also a Jewish Museum which includes a memorial wall to victims of the Inquisition from that area.
Written June 15, 2013
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aGoodyear06
New York City, NY108 contributions
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Jul 2012 • Couples
theres so much more to a visit to belmonte than the synagogue, which is a functioning house of worship and not a tourist attraction per se - its one of the newest additions to the landscape of the jewish awakening taking place throughout the "barrio interior" (the north-south interior corridor that runs parallel to the border with spain). the jewish museum is interesting (5 euro entry fee), but the true value of the visit comes from simply wandering through the streets of the old jewish quarter - its the people and their rejuventated surroundings that tells the story. well worth the drive - overnighter at the pousada is an unforgetable and unique experience, albeit pricey.
Written August 4, 2012
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cachirulatravels
USA235 contributions
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May 2014 • Couples
Fascinating part of history. It is interesting to see how history has recently discovered Jews that his their identity for over 500 years, and now they can do it openly in this mainly Christian society.
Written June 3, 2014
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ttourist
Israel32 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Couples
Planned to attend the Friday Evening service at the Belmonte Synagogue
Was very moved by its very existence and the history of the Jews of Belmonte, and wanted to show solidarity with this small community.
The building is modern, tasteful architecture.
The Rabbi and local dignitaries warmly welcomed me, and also invited me to attend the Saturday service.
I counted 24 males and an unknown number of females attending the service.

The local citizens were obliging and helpful guiding me to the synagogue.
Suggestion when arriving by car - look for the Castle (Castelo), park and walk downhill. There is also a parking lot almost next to the synagogue.
Written November 6, 2013
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hs10314
NY16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Who would believe a full service Synagogue in this town. The history behind the Synagogue and those of its congregants is absolutely fascinating.. Try to arrange for a member to tell you the history of the synagogue.
Written July 6, 2016
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Places2Bseen
Parma, Italy78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Had private tour with person on charge of the Sinagoga and community leader. Gave us the history of the Sinagoga as well as the history of the Jews in Belmonte. It's a place to visit and a must for those interested in Jewish heritage.
Written June 11, 2015
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handr40
Rose Bay, Australia394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
A small but significant return of culture and people to an area that they had lived in for centuries before the inquisition.
Written May 15, 2013
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Michael L
Holon, Israel1,270 contributions
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Oct 2011 • Couples
Belmonte small ,remote town on mountainous area of northeast Portugal. After 500 year of forbidden for Jewish religion ,the descendants of Marranos (Iberian Jews),that lived there from 13 century , have their new Synagogue. They lived there on narrow cobblestone Rua Juderia, the medieval area where their ancestor settled.
Written December 5, 2011
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