Synagogue of Tomar - Portuguese-Jewish Museum

Local nameSinagoga de Tomar
LocationTomar, Portugal

The Synagogue of Tomar is the best preserved of the medieval synagogues of Portugal. It is located at 73 Rua Dr. Joaquim Jaquinto, in the historic centre of the city of Tomar, and houses a small Jewish museum.

The synagogue of Tomar was built between 1430 and 1460 by the thriving Jewish community of the town. From the outside, it looks no different from the other houses in the street. The current main entrance, facing north, did not exist in the Middle Ages. It was the Gothic pointed arch facing east — the direction of Jerusalem — that used to be the main entrance. Inside, the synagogue is a square hall with three short aisles divided by four pillars supporting Gothic vaulting. The capitals bear geometric and vegetal motifs. Excavations in a building beside the synagogue revealed the remnants of a mikveh.

Tags Place of WorshipJewish Culture
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Address 65 Rua Doutor Joaquim Jacinto, Tomar 2300577, Portugal

Coordinates 39°36'11.625" N -8°24'49.147" E

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