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Funeral stele of Rabbi Noah

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Funeral stele of Rabbi Noah


Basic Information

Location Estella, Spain
Country Spain
City Estella
Address Estella, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 42.6690,-2.0250


Interesting information about the Jews is provided on a funeral inscription, undoubtedly deriving from the Jewish cemetery found in 1912 alongside the ruins of Belmecher castle. The find can be put down to Mateo Morante who held the post of military Commander of Estella as Commander-in-chief of the garrison.

The stela, inscribed on a hard grained, yellowish stone, has dimensions of 35 cm wide by 30 cm high. The type of writing allows us to date the stele in the 12th century after a comparison with other similar funerary inscriptions found in León and Monzón.

The text of the stele was dedicated to Rabbi Noé, the son of Naamá, son of Noé, born in Novar. Fidel Fita dated his death as between October and November 1127.

Buried in this tomb was Rabbi Noah, son of Naaman, son of Noah from Novar. He died in the month of marheshwán, in the year 4888 from Creation.

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