Sephardic Jewish Tour of Portugal

Discover the Jewish Portugal as we travel through the memory of a Jewish past. Uncover the riches of that time in history. Let us guide you 8 days travelling through the heart of soul of Jewish Portugal searching for the Jewish roots.
Has we take in many of the highlights of this region of Portugal, we will base our tour and cultural visits on Beiras Jewish heritage. How this has been the meeting place of three great cultures and religions: Judaim, Christianity and Islam.
From the end of the 15th century persecutions, convictions and forced conversions destroyed this Jewish communities. They become “New Christians” continued, in the secrecy of their homes, to honor their religion and to orally pass on, the prayers resisting to assimilation.
This trip is a close look at to an heritage of great value, not always visible, because it has been subjected to multiple destructions and pressures, but that we are gradually discovering.
But we want also to extend your experience about the local culture, history and gastronomy. So this will be a tour where you will get to know the locals and it’s culture in this North/Center area of Portugal. For that we have prepared for you unique experiences all along the way.

Elizabeth Tasnadi

My name is Elizabeth Tasnadi. I worked as a primary school teacher for thirty-five years; I am a retired English teacher and currently work as a licenced guide in Szeged, Hungary. Because of my former job, I have vast experience with children, but I am also happy to accompany the elderly generation as well who might have difficulty in walking.

Szeged ‘The City of Sunshine’ is the third largest city of Hungary with beautiful palaces, wide avenues, green parks, a lovely promenade along the river Tisza and an extremely rich Art Nouveau architecture. I offer general sightseeing tours and themed tours such as The City of Palaces, The Gems of Art Nouveau or a Walk in the old Jewish Quarter. I fell in love with Jewish culture several years ago, thus decided to reveal the almost forgotten trace of the once important, rich, and influential local Jewish residents who highly contributed to the construction and development of Szeged.

I warmly recommend any of the following walks and I am sure you will be happy to discover the hidden treasures of architecture, art and cultural heritage of my wonderful town.

 

Zsuzsanna Nyári

My name is Zsuzsanna Nyári and I live in Szeged. My professional is HR manager and I’m still active in this workfield. Besides I’m always interested in art, history and culture, so I decided to become a tour guide and introduce the unique beauties of Szeged City to the tourist. My purpose is to show them the sights of Szeged as much as possible, while they just have fun and relax in this beautiful and amazing City.
Szeged ‘The City of Sunshine’ is the third largest city of Hungary with beautiful palaces, wide avenues, green parks, a lovely promenade along the river Tisza and an extremely rich Art Nouveau architecture. I offer general sightseeing tours and themed tours such as The City of Palaces, The Gems of Art Nouveau or a Walk in the old Jewish Quarter. I fell in love with Jewish culture several years ago, thus decided to reveal the almost forgotten trace of the once important, rich, and influential local Jewish residents who highly contributed to the construction and development of Szeged.

I warmly recommend any of the following walks and I am sure you will be happy to discover the hidden treasures of architecture, art and cultural heritage of my wonderful town.

The Jewish Cemetery

It is the final resting place of several famous local residents, such as Chief Rabbi Lipot Löw who was the first representative of the Hungarian moderate reformed (Neolog) movement. His son Chief Rabbi Dr. Immanuel Löw, who was said to be the most scholarly rabbi of his time, was a botanist who conceptualized the gorgeous stained-glass windows of the New Synagogue and the plants of the Biblical garden around it based on his internationally famous work entitled The Flora der Juden. You will see the tombs of journalists, writers, musicians, painters, photographers, industrialists and factory owners who played a decisive role in the life and development of Szeged.

Walk in the Old Jewish District

During this two-hour-long tour, I will introduce you the history of Jews in Szeged from the end of the 18th century until the present days by showing and visiting their homes, palaces, schools and synagogues. You will visit both the Old and the New Synagogue that is the fourth largest one in the world, built in 1903. The building underwent a complete external renovation in 2017 when its Biblical garden was also restored.

The Pick Family

Pick salami is a word famous trademark that was introduced by Mark Pick in 1883. He had three sons: Jenő, a salami producer, Móric, an architect, and Lajos (Petri), a sculptor. He was an honoured member of the Jewish community as well as that of the city. He financially supported railway development, building the New Synagogue, local schools and organizations. During this walk, you will learn about the family story, will see their dwelling places, and will learn about their special winter salami product, the first factory, and a number of palaces built by Móric who fell victim to the Shoah.

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