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Lisbon's Jewish Sites and History - Walking Tour

Lisbon, PT

Lisbon's Jewish Sites and History - Walking Tour

Lisbon, PT
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Experience the rich history and culture of Lisbon's Jewish heritage on a captivating walking tour. With an emphasis on the Jewish perspective, this tour offers a multi-approach, eye-opening exploration of downtown Lisbon. From visits to the Synagogue to memorial sites commemorating the victims of the 1506 massacre, you will gain a deeper understanding of the city's Jewish history. Explore the oldest Jewish quarters, with remnants of synagogues and other significant landmarks. As you walk through the vibrant Baixa district, admire the grand Pombaline architecture and learn about its reconstruction after the devastating 1755 earthquake. The tour also includes Rossio Square, a historical site where many Jews suffered during the Inquisition. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will provide insightful commentary, recommendations, and suggestions to make the most of your visit to Lisbon and Portugal. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and fascinating stories of Lisbon's Jewish sites.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Guided visit to the Synagogue of Lisbon
  • Memorial as Vitimas do Massacre Judaico de 1506
  • Exploring the historical Jewish quarters of Lisbon
  • Discovering the architecture and history of Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
  • Receiving recommendations and suggestions for your stay in Lisbon
  • Guiding services
  • Everything else

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Welcome to Lisbon's Jewish Sites and History Walking Tour! This captivating tour provides an extensive exploration of downtown Lisbon, offering an educated, fun, and professional experience. With an emphasis on the Jewish perspective, you'll gain deep insights into Lisbon, Portugal, and the Portuguese culture. Get ready for an eye-opening journey that combines history, culture, gastronomy, and current affairs. Along the way, you'll also receive numerous recommendations and suggestions to enhance your stay in Lisbon and Portugal as a whole. This comprehensive tour guarantees a memorable experience that will leave you with a profound understanding of Lisbon's rich Jewish heritage.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect a total duration of 240 minutes packed with fascinating discoveries and meaningful experiences. The itinerary includes several key highlights, such as a guided visit to the Synagogue of Lisbon and a visit to the Memorial as Vitimas do Massacre Judaico de 1506. These landmarks serve as powerful reminders of the intolerance and religious fanaticism faced by the Jewish community in the past. The tour also covers the historical Jewish quarters, allowing you to glimpse into the vibrant Jewish life that once thrived in Lisbon. Additionally, you'll get to explore the captivating districts of Baixa, Rossio, and Restauradores, known for their stunning neoclassical architecture and important historical significance.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for anyone seeking a deeper understanding and appreciation of Lisbon's Jewish heritage. Whether you have a specific interest in Jewish history, culture, or simply want to explore the lesser-known aspects of Lisbon, this tour is for you. It caters to travelers of all ages and backgrounds, ensuring a memorable and enriching experience for everyone. Open-mindedness and a sense of curiosity are the only prerequisites for this captivating journey into Lisbon's past.

Why book this?

By joining Lisbon's Jewish Sites and History Walking Tour, you're signing up for an unparalleled experience. Our expert guides go beyond the surface-level tourist attractions, providing a multi-approach tour that combines history, culture, and current affairs. The emphasis on the Jewish perspective offers a unique angle, giving you a deep understanding of the Jewish community's rich history and its impact on Lisbon's heritage. Throughout the tour, you'll not only learn about the past but also gain insights into the present, as our guides share current social and lifestyle issues. Additionally, our knowledgeable guides will provide you with valuable recommendations and suggestions to make the most of your stay in Lisbon and Portugal.

Good to know

For your convenience, we offer an optional pickup/drop-off service for an extra charge. However, please note that this is a walking tour in the heart of Lisbon, where driving and parking can be problematic. Be prepared for approximately 4 hours of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Keep in mind that this tour aims to provide a comprehensive overview, so there will be various stops and pass-by points to cover as much ground as possible. Enjoy the journey and immerse yourself in Lisbon's fascinating Jewish history.


Feedback from our customers speaks volumes about the quality of this tour. Many have praised our knowledgeable guides for providing a captivating and insightful experience. Travelers have expressed gratitude for the unique perspective offered on the Jewish history of Lisbon, along with the recommendations and suggestions that enhanced their overall stay in the city. Prepare to be enthralled and inspired by the powerful stories and landmarks you'll encounter during this exceptional tour.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Your Itinerary

Shaare Tikvah Synagogue

Guided visit to the Synagogue of lisbon

Admission Not Included

Memorial as Vitimas do Massacre Judaico de 1506

(Pass by)

This memorial is a tribute to the victims of intolerance and religious fanaticism. Inaugurated in the framework of the 500 years since the massacre of 19 April 1506, this memorial is in the location where the massacre started, in the square opposite the St. Dominic Church, in Lisbon. On the evening of 19 April, Dominican friars instigated the population to kill the new Christians. Between 2,000 and 4,000 people have died in a barbaric form, incinerated in piles in various parts of the city. The memorial is a work of 2008 by Graça Bachmann, on a proposal from the Jewish Community. It is made of stone, a sphere, a symbol of the world, truncated that evokes violence and chaos. On the Star of David, an inscription alludes to the massacre. At the base, a rectangular block of stone where the sculpture lies, one can read a phrase from the Book of Job: "O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place". Next to this memorial, right in front of the church door, is another monument where, in 2000, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, José Policarpo, assumed the shame of inquisitorial persecution.

Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores

(Pass by)

The Baixa district is the heart of Lisbon and comprises of magnificent plazas, wide avenues and grand Pombaline architecture. The district is popular with tourists, as contained within Baixa are many of Lisbon’s major tourist attractions, along with a huge variety of restaurants and outstanding hotels. Baixa has not always been so magnificent, on the 11th November 1755, one of the world’s strongest recorded earthquakes devastated the district and, along with the massive tsunami, killed thousands. The rebuilding of the ruined district was assigned to the Marquis of Pombal, who disregarded the original city layout of narrow streets, and created the first city plan that followed a grid pattern. The buildings of Baixa were constructed in a magnificent neoclassical style (referred to Pombaline architecture) but more importantly, incorporated the earliest examples of earthquake resistant architecture. Rossio was a site where many Jews suffered at the hands of the Inquisition. Nowadays it is the liveliest square in the city, where people stop to sit and relax, or for a drink at the several atmospheric cafés with outdoor sitting (the most popular is the art-deco "Cafe Nicola" on the western side). On either side of the square are two baroque fountains, and in the center is a monument measuring 27 meters in height. It consists of a pedestal with marble allegories of Justice, Wisdom, Strength, and Moderation, qualities attributed to Dom Pedro IV, whose statue stands on top of the monument. In the 19th century, the square was paved with cobblestones in wave patterns, a design seen today in many other pavements all over Portugal, and that has spread to Portugal's former colonies from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Macao (China). On the north side of the square is the Dona Maria II National Theater, a monumental neoclassical building built in the 1840s. The portico has six Ionic columns (originally from the Church of St. Francis, destroyed in the 1755 earthquake), and crowning the pediment is a statue of playwright Gil Vicente.

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