The Jewish Seville

Already in early history, Jews came to the Iberian Peninsula via the Mediterranean to trade with the Iberians. Seville is considered as one of the oldest Jewish communities in present day Spain, which in the late Middle Ages, after Toledo, was the second largest of the country.

Under Moorish rule, the Jewish medical schools in the city earned an excellent reputation. The philosophical trends and the development of art were widely known and appreciated. After the Reconquista (“reconquest”) in 1248, some Jewish families gained a high influence in the administration and finances of the Castilian Kingdom. A pogrom in 1391 marked the end of the flourishing Jewish life in the city.

While walking through the former Jewish quarter Santa Cruz and San Bartolomé, you can discover the traces of the Sephardic culture: The city walls of the Judería and its entrance gates, synagogues converted to churches, former Jewish mansions and the immaterial cultural heritage of the Sephardic Jews, which continues to live in today’s society. The subject of exile and the life of the forced converts are also part of this tour.

Info:

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • City tour
  • Monday - Sunday
  • Headphone systems are mandatory for 8 persons or more. These are not included in the price of the tour.