"Jewish History, long dead in Trancoso" Trancoso Things to Do Tip by Martin_S.

Trancoso Things to Do: 4 reviews and 13 photos

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Zohara and I were amazed to learn that Trancoso was at one time a center of a large Jewish community, so we took the time to wander some of the smaller side streets and look for the signs of them. Sadly to say not much is left of the signs, not to mention the community.
This is what I found on the history of the Jews in Trancoso -
"An old medieval town, Trancoso was a defensive military fortress, heavily fought over between the Moors and the first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques. From those times the castle with its walled enclosure, the various gates leading into the town and an interesting donjon Visiting Trancoso is like going back into the mediaeval past, evoking memories of the Jewish merchant that first settled here in the 12th century. The Jewish community grew even larger in the 14th and 15th centuries with the influx of Jews from Aragon and Castile. The facade of the Casa do Gate Negro (the former Rabbi's house) is decorated with emblems that have been interpreted as representations of the Lion of Judah and the Gates of Jerusalem. The house itself used to belong to a wealthy member of this community, and it was probably also used as the synagogue. In the high street (Rua Dr Fernandes Vaz popularly known as the Corredoura at the entrance to the town, were to be found most of the houses where the Jews lived."
If you want to find out more about Jewish history in the area, take a look at -
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/Mantanhas.html
We found houses with those signs mentioned as you can see in the photos.

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  • Written Oct 16, 2011
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