07. The Jewish heritage and the Major Synagogue (3h)


Barcelona had one of the most important Jewish communities in Europe. Its relationship with the city was of great importance to the city’s history, but its relationship with the Christians was always tense. The 1391 events made them begin their exile, and with the Inquisition they disappeared entirely.

While we walk around their old Quarter, called “Call”, we will discover their customs, why they weren’t understood and what happened in 1391. We will see what were once their houses, some of them with the mezuzah mark on the door, the purification baths, the recently discovered Major Synagogue, the biggest of the 5 synagogues that the city had, and the Call Interpretation Centre (a research centre about Jewish heritage in Barcelona).

We will go into the Synagogue and the “Call” Interpretation Centre


  • Tour Price 3h: € 210



Duration: 3 hours
Recommended Start time: 10.00a.m.

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    Our entire visit is focused on the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.
    – the old Jewish Quarter (el “Call”), where the old Jewish community was settled.
    – the Major Synagogue: the oldest one in Europe.
    – the Interpretation Centre el “Call” (a research centre about Jewish heritage in Barcelona)

    What's Included?

    • My services as your PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE: you are not part of a larger group.
    • LICENSED TOUR GUIDE: to have passed the official exams of the Catalane Government, it is a guarantee of my knowledge for you. Besides, the license authorizes me to guide you inside monuments and museums.
    • The ENTRANCES are not included but I will BOOK them in advance.

    What's Extra? & Estimated Euros Needed

    The following ENTRANCES:
    · Ancient Synagogue: 3,50€ per person
    . “Call Interpretation Centre”: 2,20€ per person

    Transportation Method

    Walking through the Old Town.

    Meet up location / End location

    I will MEET YOU at your hotel/apartment; at the cruise ship terminal or wherever we agree (as long as it is in Barcelona).
    I will DROP YOU OFF wherever you want: hotel, cruise ship terminal, etc. An option is to stay in the Old town, where I will suggest you some restaurants to you (it can be a kosher restaurants) or some place to visit by your own.

    Minimum & Maximum travellers

    1 to 9 persons

    Notes / restrictions

    AVAILABILITY: it is not possible to do this tour on Saturday because the Synagogue is closed. The “Call Interpretation Centre” is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (but it doesn’t prevent us to do the tour these days).
    DRESS CODE: none.
    DISABILITY: Unfortunately this tour can’t be done by people who use wheelchair.


If you are interested in the Jewish heritage, maybe you will appreciate to visit Girona city, with the best preserved Jewish heritage in Spain; and Besalú, a town close to Girona where Jewish had an important activity.

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