Jewish heritage of Castelo de Vide, Portugal

When looking for the Jewish heritage in Portugal, Castelo de Vide has to be on the list.​

When you are looking for the Jewish heritage in Portugal, Castelo de Vide has to be on your list.​

At Castelo de Vide, you will find many points of interest like its medieval Castle and the village itself.

However, the most important heritage you will find there is its Jewish background.

This small village located by the border with Spain is usually not included in vacation routes.

Why? Probably for not been in the list of most touristic destinations.

Personally, I love the place.

I find Castelo de Vide as hidden treasure, and it can take you to a time travel to the XV century.

During the XV century, the Jewish community was running away from Spain.

One of their logical destinations was the Portuguese border to establish their new settlements.

At the end of the XV century and during the XVI century, the Jews found themselves also trapped in Portugal.

The marriage agreement in between D. Manuel I and D. Isabel (1), included expelling the Jews from Portugal.

Please consider that D. Manuel did not want to do that so the solution was to proceed with the agreement but closing the borders at the same time.

Now, the Jews found themselves in a situation not to be wanted in the country but from where they could not run away.

The result was, they were confined in ghettos called “Judiarias” – Jewish quarters or neighborhoods.

This part of History you can learn more about it in Castelo de Vide.

Related with the Jewish background, what can you see today in Castelo de Vide?

  • Judiaria (Jewish quarters or neighborhoods)
  • Sinagoga (synagogue)
    Casa do Arçario (Arçário House)
  • Fonte da Vila (Town’s Fountain)

If you are interested in the History of the Jewish community in Portugal, you must visit Castelo de Vide.

David Monteiro

(1) Manuel I, of Portugal, and D. Isabel, one of the daughters of the Catholic kings