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Address: Besalu, Besalu, Spain

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The mikvah is the most fascinating spot in Besalu

This is a pretty small town with middle ages streets, bridge, tower, houses and church. The most fascinating spot however is the Jewish purification ceremonial bath (mikvah). In... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Amir D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a pretty small town with middle ages streets, bridge, tower, houses and church. The most fascinating spot however is the Jewish purification ceremonial bath (mikvah). In contrast to the synagogue on top of it, the bath, which was built below is very well preserved. This place gives a dramatic feel of that time (see photo attached). Highly recommended.... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This was one of our most moving experiences in Spain. To visit a mikveh that hasn't been used in over 600 years but is still in perfect condition was very special.

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Oxford
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

It would have been nice if it were open. There were a couple of tours, but we were too late for that, and I'd have like to have been able to go in regardless.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

Besalu offers a great perspective of an old Jewish quarter including a miqve and the remaining ruins of a synagogue. The town itself is worth at least a couple of hours stroll.

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Jerusalem
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

To see such a well preserved site is rare! For Thisbe interested in Jewish life in the 12th and 13th centuries, thus well preserved mikvah should not be missed. Pick the key up at the tourist info office.

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california
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

There are medieval migvaot (mikves) in Besalu and in Girona. Besaule is the more beauttfiul and beter preserved authentic village. Girona has the bigger story and a Jewish museum. We visited both with GironaExperience (Carmi and Ramon). Very worthwhile and beautiful. Don't plan on the Besalu Mikveh withought advance planning and a local guide who confirms that he has access..

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

The tourist office specifically marked the mikve, so we headed there while wandering around the village. It was locked when we got there, but a tour arrived and they opened it. Then shockingly we were not allowed in, even to look. She told us that we had to wait and join a later tour. We left disappointed. The tourist office... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

We hired a private guide to take us to Besalu and the mikvah that was discovered in 1964, Our guide was provided by Emily Mathews, owner and manager of South O'le Spain tours who also provided private guides for Segovia, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Baeza, Ubeda, Granada and three days in Barcelona. All were excellent and Emily was a pleasure to... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

First, we would never have understood how to get in, if it weren't for the owners of the villa where we were staying. You have to stop at the visitors center (relocated to the building just before you cross the bridge), pay a fee and GET A KEY to open the Miqve (this is a Jewish ceremonial bath). Then you... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Very interesting, but make sure you go to the tourist office first as you can't see it without someone to let you in. Very interesting story behind the baths!

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