I'm glad we took the time to see Tomar's synagogue, which dates back to the 15th century. Entry is free. We were lucky to be given a quick guided tour by one of the curators who works there and is clearly very enthusiastic. The tour included part of the building next door where the baths were located - you can see the excavations. Even without the 10 minute tour (which was very interesting), there is enough to see in the synagogue to make it worth a quick stop. Around the edge of the room are Jewish tombstones, which show that there has been a Jewish presence in Portugal from the 8th century onwards as one piece dates back to the time of the visigoths. Women would not have been allowed to worship in the same room as the men - look up the wall opposite the entrance and you will see a small window - the women had to pray from behind there.
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