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Before 1492 Jews n Moslems lived in Spain

Proof if ever need that once upon a time, ethnic minorities lived side by side with the host community and thrived, till the next edict or expulsion

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Proof if ever need that once upon a time, ethnic minorities lived side by side with the host community and thrived, till the next edict or expulsion

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Barcelona, Spain
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

We paid the few euros and had basically a private tour (get tickets at the visitor's center before the bridge). It was like stepping back into time.

Thank Amy S
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a pretty small town with middle ages streets, bridge, tower, houses and church. The most fascinating spot however is the Jewish purification ceremonial bath (mikvah). In contrast to the synagogue on top of it, the bath, which was built below is very well preserved. This place gives a dramatic feel of that time (see photo attached). Highly recommended.... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This was one of our most moving experiences in Spain. To visit a mikveh that hasn't been used in over 600 years but is still in perfect condition was very special.

Thank NahumS
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

It would have been nice if it were open. There were a couple of tours, but we were too late for that, and I'd have like to have been able to go in regardless.

Thank Phoenix_redux
Miami, Florida
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161 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015

Besalu offers a great perspective of an old Jewish quarter including a miqve and the remaining ruins of a synagogue. The town itself is worth at least a couple of hours stroll.

Thank Jose Eduardo B
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

To see such a well preserved site is rare! For Thisbe interested in Jewish life in the 12th and 13th centuries, thus well preserved mikvah should not be missed. Pick the key up at the tourist info office.

Thank Benita R
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 September 2015

There are medieval migvaot (mikves) in Besalu and in Girona. Besaule is the more beauttfiul and beter preserved authentic village. Girona has the bigger story and a Jewish museum. We visited both with GironaExperience (Carmi and Ramon). Very worthwhile and beautiful. Don't plan on the Besalu Mikveh withought advance planning and a local guide who confirms that he has access..

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London, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

The tourist office specifically marked the mikve, so we headed there while wandering around the village. It was locked when we got there, but a tour arrived and they opened it. Then shockingly we were not allowed in, even to look. She told us that we had to wait and join a later tour. We left disappointed. The tourist office... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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98 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2015

We hired a private guide to take us to Besalu and the mikvah that was discovered in 1964, Our guide was provided by Emily Mathews, owner and manager of South O'le Spain tours who also provided private guides for Segovia, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Baeza, Ubeda, Granada and three days in Barcelona. All were excellent and Emily was a pleasure to... More 

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