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Address: Rua Doutor Joaquim Jacinto 73, Tomar 2300-577, Portugal
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In Conjunction With A Visit to the Synagogue of Tomar

Fascinating and disturbing portrait of the Jewish people of Portugal prior to the Inquisition. The museum is located within the Synagogue of Tomar. Although limited, the artefacts... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Delray Beach, Florida

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Delray Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

Fascinating and disturbing portrait of the Jewish people of Portugal prior to the Inquisition. The museum is located within the Synagogue of Tomar. Although limited, the artefacts on display speak volumes. Be sure to see the partially excavated mikvah (ritual purification bath) adjacent to the museum. The museum's volunteer caretaker Teresa Vasco provides a small pamphlet (in several languages) about... More 

1 Thank backpacker31
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2015

When you enter, you can think that it is almost with nothing. But (if you know portuguese) if you talk with the lady there, she will tell you the story of her husband and her, and how they fight to have that space know open to the public. Is the older synagogue in Portugal, and it was closed for a... More 

3 Thank LilianaIFCordeiro
Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

A must see in Tomar. Try to visit the synagogue immediately before or after the Convent of the Order of Christ to get a full perspective on the plight of the Jewish people in Portugal during the 15th century. Simply a one-room place of worship, there is nothing grand nor elaborate about the synagogue - a stark difference to the... More 

4 Thank peppermintpatty07
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2013

I'm glad we took the time to see Tomar's synagogue, which dates back to the 15th century. Entry is free. We were lucky to be given a quick guided tour by Jamie who is clearly very enthusiastic (and multi-lingual). The tour included part of the building next door where the baths were located - you can see the excavations. Even... More 

4 Thank CAD2007
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2012

The highlight of this site was the tour that the docent Jamie gave us. The synagogue is one room with some interesting donated artifacts and some ruins that are being slowly preserved in an adjacent room. Jamie informed us of the jewish history in Tomar and Portugal in general which was very interesting. He spent nearly an hour with us... More 

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Reviewed 19 October 2012

In town of Tomar, it's well worth visiting for the historical perspective of the Jewish experience in 15th century Portugal

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2012

Jewish fans of this medieval synagogue in Tomar have paid for improvements and it's a better experience than it was on my first visit several years back. This was the synagogue for Tomar's Jews in the Middle Ages but then along came the Inquisition. The curator told me that thirteen Jews were burned at the stake in the 16th century... More 

2 Thank Tony M
Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2012

apparently the only "fully" preserved medieval period synagogue in portugal. helpful staffer. drawbacks: main items depicted in brochure - ritual bath ("mikveh") and original entrance - not accesible for viewing (the former is hazardous, the latter has been blocked off). also, too many items on display are replicas from other locations in portugal

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

The only remaining synagogue prior to the Inquisition stands in Tomar. If you are in the area, it is a worthwhile visit. There is also a mikveh that has been excavated recently.

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

A terrific little collection of old Jewish artifacts, but the real star of this attraction is the building itself from the 15th century. The attendant is an enthusiastic guide back in time and do buy a post card or two to help support the costs of keeping the museum open. Also, be sure to have lunch down the block at... More 

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