Jewish Tour in PortoPorto
The Jewish community is very important in the history of Porto and its presence has been felt for centuries. As they were often persecuted, their life wasn’t easy so they tried to lead a calm life in a safe neighbourhood in the most ancient parts of the town, where they could live according to their traditions.
You will find some tenuous memories of the Jews in this city, in the “Vitoria” area (in the heart of Porto, next to Lello bookshop and the Clérigos Tower) and near the river in “Miragaia”. We will give you the opportunity to find out the traditions and habits of these people through their gastronomy, beliefs, rituals and other things related to their culture. This Jewish Tour in Porto is a sensory voyage through the most ancient parts of the city with centuries of history. This extraordinary and clarifying journey ends in the Jewish Museum that is also the Synagogue of Porto, the biggest of the Iberian Peninsula. With the help of interesting items of the museum, it will be easier to understand the history of this community in Porto from the middle Ages till nowadays. You will also visit the prayer room of the Synagogue, the room where they were taught, Yeshivah (Jewish school), a place where many religious implements can be seen, such as - menorah, chanukiah, mezuzah, talit, kipah, tefilin - and the Jewish Community Library of Porto.