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Jewish Information Centre of Galicia

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Jewish Information Centre of Galicia


Basic Information

Location Ribadavia, Spain
Country Spain
City Ribadavia
Address Ribadavia, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 42.2873,-8.1433


The main square is the site of the palace of the Counts of Ribadavia, a beautiful 17th century building today housing the Tourist Office where information is provided about the town and its borough, the Jewish Information Centre of Galicia and the Court. The palace – whose gateway boasts the great family coat-of-arms of the Sarmiento – is organised around two courtyards and during its rehabilitation it has incorporated into its rich architectonic heritage new elements related with its purpose as an interpretation centre about the Jewish world, including a fountain which drains off rainwater and evokes its used for the ritual bath of the Jews or Mikveh .

The Jewish Information Centre of Galicia is located on the upper floor of the Tourist Office and it has some interesting pieces on show such as the Jewish wedding suit used at the History Festival, the menorah engraved in a stone of the Tui cathedral, the reproduction of the sanbenitos with the St. Andrew´s cross which were hung on the walls of the churches or the tomb headstone from the 10th-11th centuries X-XI from La Coruña which accompany a series of panels illustrating the history and the main idiosyncrasies of the Galician Jewish communities.

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