The splendor of the Medieval Jewish Heritage of Barcelona
This two hour walking tour will take us to the narrowest alleys of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona to experience how the life of the biggest jewish community of the Kingdom of Aragon and Catalunya was during the Middle Ages. We will visit the greater medieval Synagogue of Barcelona and the Museum of the jewish heritage of Barcelona. We will discover the important role this community played not only in the every day life of the city of Barcelona and the Kingdom of Aragon but also how important and well connected the Talmudic and Kabbalah scholars from Barcelona were with other jewish scholars from jewish communities around the Mediterranean. We will learn about the local key talmudic law and Kabbalah scholars from the middle ages whose works are still studied now a days.
*If you book the tour on Saturday please keep in mind that the Synagogue will be closed due to Sabbath.
-Walk throughout the narrow alleys of El Call , the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Barcelona.
-King's Square and steps of Royal Palace, place were scholars claim Christopher Columbus was welcomed by the Catholic Kings after his first expedition to the Americas.
-Greater Medieval Synagogue of Barcelona
-Museum of Jewish heritage of Barcelona.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet in your hotel/apartment/cruise ship terminal or a central location in Barcelona.
End location: We can end the tour in your hotel/apartment/cruise ship terminal/restaurant or a central location in Barcelona. I really good and convenient place to finish the tour is at the fresh food Market of La Boqueria on La Rambla.
Duration: 2 hours
This is mainly a walking tour, Old City Barcelona was not built to be driven by cars or mini vans, the streets and alleys are very narrow. Most of the streets we will explore are just for pedestrians.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4 € - Entrance of Medieval Synagogue: 2,5 €
Entrance of Jewish Heritage Museum: 1,5 €
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Our guide was friendly, extremely knowledgeable and provided us with information about the area and it's history that was just fascinating. He was able to offer a unique perspective on the history of the Jewish people in Barcelona, and he was both well informed and thoughtful in his presentation of the Golden Age for Jew in Spain and how and why it ended. This was particularly powerful in a place where there is so little to visually see of what remains of the Jewish community there.