Jewish Route

With its narrow winding streets, Segovia’s Jewish quarter invites visitors to wander through the maze that makes up a neighbourhood which once had the aroma of old leather and dye. Inhabitants of Segovia since 1215, the passing of the years saw the Jews forced to move south of the city, into confined areas bounded by walls.

This street was the centre of the old Jewish quarter. An alleyway leads us to the Corpus Church, once the largest synagogue in Segovia; and without doubt the best preserved of the 5 synagogues which the city once boasted of. Once inside we discover a haven of peace and calm.

Crossing the Puerta del Sol we reach the ‘extramuros’ or outside walls. A place where we can view the barred windows of the synagogue and also enjoy scenic views of the Clamores Valley.

Segovia’s Jewish history is told through Abraham Senneor, who was a confidant to the Catholic Monarchs and in whose memory the Educational Centre of Judaism was built.

History, tradition and Jewish culture. One of the gateways to the city was the Puerta de San Andrés or the Puerta del Socorro, for many years this gate was the compulsory exit from the walled enclosure from any one of the synagogues. A hidden corner where we enjoy idyllic views of the city’s surroundings below, and in the distance, the Jewish cemetery.

And looking out from across the cemetery one can clearly make out the Jewish quarter in which its community lived until their expulsion in 1492. Burial caves and anthropomorphic tombs excavated in the rock bring to a close this short journey… a journey which ends in a privileged surrounding, one where we can enjoy the best views of the Alcázar, the Cathedral and what was once the Jewish corner of Segovia. A perfect setting, which at sunset makes the journey to this hidden place, one, definitely worth taking.