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A glimpse of Portugal’s heritage

Faro’s Jewish Heritage Centre, which focuses on a portion of Portugal’s long history, is rapidly becoming a place of interest to visit in the Algarve.

The centre includes a museum housing items that illustrate the history of the centre, a Jewish cemetery, with graves dating back to 1838, and the Tahara house, originally used to wash and bless the deceased before burial but which now houses books, photographs and other documents.

Visitors to the museum will see furniture preserved from two Faro synagogues, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as dressed models depicting wedding and Bar Mitzvah ceremonies, accompanied by audiotape services that start automatically as visitors enter.

Jewish souvenirs

The museum is supported by a reception area that has a variety of Jewish books, videos and souvenirs for sale, while a library and video room holds books and other materials for visitors to see. The Faro Jewish Cemetery is listed as a place of public interest in the Portuguese National Register of National Historical Monuments.

The centre is next to the hospital in Faro on Rua Leão Penedo and is open weekdays from 9.30am until 12.30pm and from 2pm until 5pm.

For more information, please contact Ralf Pinto on 282 416 710 or visit the website, available in English, at www.farojewishheritagecentre.org.