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Hidden away in the heart of the Barri Gotic, between Placa de Sant Jaume and Carrer dels Banys Nous, is Barcelona's medieval Jewish Quarter - 'the Call'. The Jews were expelled from the area in the late 15th century.

The streets in this small area are really narrow - not even the smallest car would fit along them. The buildings seem to lean in to meet towards the top, making it very easy to gossip with you neighbour from the comfort of your top-floor window.

Situated on Carrer de Marlet, looking very un-synagogue like from the outside, is the Sinagoga Major - the city's main medieval synagogue. In 1995, the building, which was being used as an electricians store at the time, was purchased and was going to be turned into a trendy bar. However, when work commenced the remains of the synagogue were discovered. These days you can visit the site and take a guided tour.

Even if you don't want to visit the synagogue, it is worth having a quick walk around this very interesting area.

Synagogue Opening Hours: 11am-2pm & 4-7pm Tue to Sat; 11am-2pm Sun

Admission charge: 2 euro (Jan 2007)

Address: Carrer de Marlet 5, Barri Gotic
Directions: Located in the Barri Gotic district
Nearest metro: Liceu

othercontact: sinagogamayor@hotmail.com
Phone: 93 317 07 90
Website: http://www.calldebarcelona.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 27, 2007
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