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Synagogue of Tomar

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Address: Rua Doutor Joaquim Jacinto 78, Tomar 2300-577, Portugal
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An intimate and touching visit

We were profoundly touched by our visit to the oldest continuing synagogue in Portugal, a simple, room in the old part of town on a picturesque side street with bema, ark and many... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the middle of the old quarter of Tomar, there is a 400 year old Synagogue. An old Jewish lady looks after this holy site. The interior has 4 pillars to commemorate the 4 mothers in the bible. They have here a "Tora ark" which was given as a donation to the Synagogue.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 453 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small but ancient synagogue (Sinagoga de Tomar). It shows the history of the area's Jews very well. It is run by an elderly woman who has looked after it with her husband for many years (he has since passed away). She told us the story of how she wanted access to it to look after it, how... More 

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Northern Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were profoundly touched by our visit to the oldest continuing synagogue in Portugal, a simple, room in the old part of town on a picturesque side street with bema, ark and many Jewish keepsakes. The docent was a member of one of the two remaining Jewish families in Tomar and although she only spoke Portuguese, we were able to... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the synagogue last week. The synagogue was built in the 15th century, between 1430-1460, and is considered the oldest in Portugal. it consists of one room with high ceilings, and the Taiva is located in the center, with four pillars around, symbolizing the 4 Mothers. There is a feeling of intimacy in the room, and there are Jewish... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped at the Synagogue of Tomar for about 15-20 minutes while touring the sites of Tomar. Although small and a relatively quick visit, the history and significance of the site is quickly understood when the docent explains the background of the place. Although the docent did not speak English, our guide provided some translation. In addition, pamphlets are available... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The docent has been there 28 yrs. she will give you a lot of information but will need a translator. Interesting to know how synagogue was treated throughout the years.

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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small, historical synagogue. My understanding is that there will be some renovations in the coming year. Interesting to learn how Portuguese Jews faired during the Inquisitions of the 1400's. Much better than in Spain.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

Only two Jewish families remained in Tomar after being chased away centuries ago. The Synagoge is small but filled with an atmosphere of a bygone era

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Place is looked after by a lady who doesnot speak English but able to make herself understood in all languages, I suspect!

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

These types of places always upset me yet I always go and support them. Spain, and to a lesser extent Portugal, are a concern given that they expelled my ancestors in 1492 and 1497 respectively and then suffered their own decline after that. The massacres that took place and the forced conversions as well are a sad blight on these... More 

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