Museum of Portuguese Jewish History

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Lisbon From a Jewish Perspective!        3.5 hours        Easy to moderate walking

Documents of the Jewish people residing in Lisbon dates back to 482 CE. However, historians and archeologists attest to a Jewish presence in Portugal that dates to the time of King Solomon.

Before and during the Age of Discovery, the Jews of Portugal held social and political ranks with the favor of kings, and conciliatory relations between Muslims and Christians alike. These periods were equally marked by inquisitions, forced baptisms and brutal massacres. Join us as we explore the major sights of downtown Lisbon. Along the way discover the amazing story of Marranos (Crypto-Jews), a distinctive Sephardi sub-group in Portugal who survived over 400 years of persecution in secret. At the site of the Inquisitors Palace we reveal stories of famous Portuguese Jews who have contributed to the arts, sciences and politics of the world.

In the Chiado neighborhood, the most important Jewish artifacts in Portugal are hidden in the most unexpected places. In Praça do Comércio learn about Portugal’s own Oskar Schindler, who defied state orders to save thousands of Jews during the second world war.

  1. Major highlights on this walking tour:

  2. The Jewish Quarters Grande and Pequeno, Estaus Palace- tribunal of the Inquisition, Rossio Square- memorial to the massacres of 1506, Carmo Ruins. Plus, much more.

  3. Meeting Place

  4. In the lobby of the guests hotel, cruise ship dock, or at a convenient public location. A map with the exact location  is sent with your email confirmation.

  5. Schedule:

  6. Year round at 9:30am, or 1:30pm

  7. Includes:

  8. Includes guide, entry fees, taxes and public transit, or taxis when needed. No hidden fees.

  9. Special Note:

  10. Visits to the orthodox synagogue, (Closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and the Jewish cemetery require advanced reservations. These sights are located outside the city center and not easily accessible. We are happy to make your reservation for an independent visit by taxi or private driver at an additional fee.

  11. Price:

  12. €147 starting price  for 2 guests on a private tour, not per person. For larger groups, please contact Lisbon Explorer.

  13. Children 12 years and under are FREE!

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Our tours of Jewish Lisbon are conducted by Paolo Scheffer, a scholar of Jewish History with Lisbon Explorer Walking Tours. Paolo brings the city alive with a fresh and informative style, revealing layers of accurate events and locations which provide a unique look at Lisbon and Portugal from a Jewish perspective.

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Large Private Tours:

Please contact Lisbon Explorer directly and they will work with you to create a personalized itinerary throughout Portugal, or just in Lisbon. Prices are subject to group size and final itinerary.

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