Lisbon Jewish heritage is part of Lisbon’s identity.
The Jewish Lisbon history: In the Middle Ages, Jews played an essential role in the kingdom’s administration, urban evolution, and the city’s commercial business. Lisbon had four Jewish Quarters, and many families lived outside the areas assigned to the Jews, a sign of the population dimension that the community reached in the 15th century.
The rural Jewish communities in Portugal were significant for Portuguese Jewish history. Some of these Jewish communities reaches back over the XIV Century. After the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, some of them came to these lands in the Beira Interior. As a result, rural Jewish communities in Portugal became necessary to position themselves as Jewish and preserve their Jewish identity.
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