If you are in tomar and you have 30 minutes to spare this is worth your while. You get the story about the Jewish exodus from Portugal and a look in supposedly the oldest synagogue in the country.
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While Jewish people were persecuted throughout Spain and Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries, they enjoyed some protection in Tomar. And this was their synagogue. So it's a very interesting place worth a half hour visit. It's just quite unique.
Walking into this place, which from the outside doesn't look any different from the neighboring houses, is like walking into the past. You can picture the small community praying in the hall. Not much is left from the original synagogue, other than the building itself,...More
Very well-preserved medieval synagogue, with a small display on the history of Jewish people in Portugal. It is like stepping into the past!
Visited may 2017. It is said to be the oldest synagogue in Portugal. The place was under restoration. The lady who hands over the short written information could explain very little. Because the synagogue changed so many hands since it functioned as a synagogue, only...More
In the middle of the old quarter of Tomar, there is a 400 year old Synagogue. An old Jewish lady looks after this holy site. The interior has 4 pillars to commemorate the 4 mothers in the bible. They have here a "Tora ark" which...More
This is a small but ancient synagogue (Sinagoga de Tomar). It shows the history of the area's Jews very well. It is run by an elderly woman who has looked after it with her husband for many years (he has since passed away). She told...More
We were profoundly touched by our visit to the oldest continuing synagogue in Portugal, a simple, room in the old part of town on a picturesque side street with bema, ark and many Jewish keepsakes. The docent was a member of one of the two...More
We visited the synagogue last week. The synagogue was built in the 15th century, between 1430-1460, and is considered the oldest in Portugal. it consists of one room with high ceilings, and the Taiva is located in the center, with four pillars around, symbolizing the...More
We stopped at the Synagogue of Tomar for about 15-20 minutes while touring the sites of Tomar. Although small and a relatively quick visit, the history and significance of the site is quickly understood when the docent explains the background of the place. Although the...More