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Trilingual Headstone


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Location Tortosa, Spain
Country Spain
City Tortosa

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 40.8162,0.52313


<pOne of the most important jewels of the cathedral of Tortosa is undoubtedly the famous trilingual headstone from the 6th century, engraved in Hebrew, Greek and Latin and belonging to the tomb of a young Jewess called Meliosa, the daughter of Judá and María, bearing testimony to the presence of the Jews in Tortosa at the time of the Visigoths On a wall of the cloister of the cathedral there is a copy of this headstone which, in addition to the inscription, reveals two five-pointed stars and a highly stylised candelabrum, belonging to the tomb of Meliosa or Eulalia, a young Jewess:
Meliosa, bat Judah, Meliosa, hija de Judá y de María, de dolorosa memoria.

This is not the only tombstone found in Tortosa. The original is conserved at the Cathedral Museum.

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