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Bonastruc Ça Porta Centre

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Bonastruc Ça Porta Centre

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Basic Information

Location Carrer de la Força, 8, Girona, Espanya
Phone number + 972 216761
Country Spain
City Catalonia

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website www.girona.cat/call/eng/museu.php
Geographical Coordinates 41.98593,2.8252


Summary

The center houses both the Jewish History Museum as well as the Nahmanides Studies' Institute. The museum is located in a former synagogue and is dedicated to the preservation of Girona's Jewish heritage. Visitors can find 21 stone tablets as well as one of the finest collections in the world of medieval Jewish funerary slabs, in the The Museu de Història dels Jueus (Museum of Jewish History). These pieces originated from the old Jewish cemetery of Montjuïc which was discovered when the railroad between Barcelona and France was laid out in the 19th century. The center also holds the Institut d'Estudis Nahmànides, with an extensive library of Judaica. Not only is the site a museum but it also organizes conferences, exhibitions, and seminars.

General

This location marks the site of Girona’s last synagogue. Dating back to the 9th Century, the first synagogue of Girona was located next to the Cathedral between the latter and the Episcopal Palace. According to historians, the synagogue was a small building, perhaps a house or small old construction site reused by the Jews. It was later abandoned by the Jews at the time when the latter moved to the medieval quarter. This site details all areas of medieval Spanish-Jewish life, including the most famous Jewish Gironan of all, the celebrated Talmudist Nahmanides.

History and time period

The museum was formerly the last synagogue of Girona which was established in 1935 and abandoned in 1492. The synagogue was sold due to the decree issued by King Fernando that enforced the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. However, the records of the sale have been preserved, thus allowing us to know the exact location of the last synagogue of Girona.





Notes

Admission costs €4. Open hours: Sept.–June, Tues.–Sat. 10–6, Sun. and Mon. 10–2; July and Aug., Mon.–Sat. 10–8, Sun. 10–2


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