Jewish tour of Spain

Dec 21st, 2009, 06:38 AM
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Jewish tour of Spain

We have not been to Spain in many years and want to return and learnabout Jewish history. We want to spend about 10 days and start in Barcelona if possible, Anyone done this, and which cities should we visit...we don't like changing hotels alot so could we take day trips from a central place?
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Dec 21st, 2009, 06:51 AM
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A short train ride from Barcelona is Girona which was the center of Kabbalah during 13th century. There is old Jewish quarter there.

Your problem is that Jewish life was not restricted to Girona. There were was a huge population in the south and Toledo. Both of which are far from Barcelona.

And many Jews went to Galicia to escape the Inquisition.
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Dec 21st, 2009, 06:52 AM
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Vitoria has a very interesting Judería (Jew quarter)
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Dec 21st, 2009, 07:16 AM
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You might want to base yourselves in Andalusia for a few days - lots of Jewish history in Seville, Cordoba, Granada, then move up to Toledo for a couple of days.

I'd highly recommend a book to read before you travel, Trudy Alexy's The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot (available through Amazon.) Fabulous story of Spain's involvement in allowing Jewish holocaust refugees to transit, and some very interesting discussions of "crypto-Jews" and descendants of "Marranos" living in Spain and abroad.
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Dec 21st, 2009, 09:13 AM
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10 days may not be enough.

Cordoba has a synagogue that dates from the 1300s and is one of the few remaining synagogues in Spain from pre-Inquisition era.

Toledo's Sinagoga del Transito is built in mudejar style but with Hebrew inscriptions. The Museo Sefardí attached gives a history of Jewish culture in Spain. Even though the display cases are in Spanish only, each room provides an English information leaflet.
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Dec 21st, 2009, 09:34 AM
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To fully understand the complexity of your question read though the following website and see just how many Jewish sights there are.
http://www.redjuderias.org/red/index.php
Some towns and cities have better Jewish sights than others. So if you wish to understand the Jewish history of Spain then you may well have to travel.
BCN has a small ex Jewish quarter. Near by there are several other locations like Besalú. But it depends on your method of transport as to whether some are within a days trip of BCN.
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Dec 22nd, 2009, 02:19 AM
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I was surprised to see such a large Juderia in Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes. It's definitely worth a trip (if only to see the Universidad Complutense).
You could do Alcalá as a daytrip from Madrid.
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