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Monolith in memory of the Jews

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Location Leon, Spain
Country Spain
City Leon
Address Leon, Spain

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Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 42.5863,-5.5504


Summary

In June 1997 a monolith was inaugurated in a gardened site which received the name of Aljama in memory of the Jews who had inhabited Puente Castro until 1196, the year in which the Jewish quarter was devastated by the armies of the Castilian king Alfonso VIII and the Araginese monarch Pedro II. The then mayor of León and the Israeli writer of Leonese Jewish ascendancy Margalit Matitiahu, presided over the act in memory of those who had to leave the city. On one side the date of the physical destruction of the aljama 1197) and of the construction of the monument (1997) were recorded and the inscription ‘Castro Bridge for the Jewish People´. On the opposite side some verses by Margalit written in mixed languages were provided:

Estonses, muestros nombres
se van a grabar en los caminos del secreto
y van a abrir las puertas de unión.


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