León had one of the most important Jewish quarters in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. Several centuries of history that we will know through its streets.
On this tour we will discover the Jewish past of León, getting to know (from the outside) the main places in the city related to this culture.
We start in the cathedral square, there we will discover since when there are references to the Jewish community of León. Did you know that inside the cathedral there is a fresco that refers to a trial where Jews appear?
We will enter the Barrio Húmedo, the old neighborhood of trades and guilds, where we will pass in front of the Palat de Rey Church, there we will learn about the relationship between King Ramiro II and the surprising Jewish doctor Ibn Shaprut. After knowing the evolution of the different Jewish neighborhoods of the city, we will learn about their trades, some reflected in the streets of the neighborhood and other names that have already disappeared: cal de la sinagoga, cal Silvana... You will learn about the location of a palace founded by Jewish converts (Jabalquinto Palace).
We will also discover the medieval walls or fences, that is, a pedestrian street that, as a corridor, connects two gates closely linked to the Jewish quarter: the Santa Ana gate and the Moneda gate. Did you know that Puerta Moneda is called that because the Jewish currency exchangers were located next to it?
In the surroundings of Las Cercas you will be able to visit the Prado de los Judíos, where one of the cemeteries was located and thus delve into the Sephardic funerary culture.
During our visit you will meet figures of world importance such as Moisés de León, one of the best-known sages of the Kabbalah.
In the Plaza del Grano and its surroundings we will learn about the conflicts and persecutions that took place throughout the peninsula against the Jews, as well as some of the bloodiest events linked to León.
After entering Calle de La Rúa, León's main thoroughfare in the Middle Ages, we'll pass by Calla Plata, the last redoubt of the Jewish presence in the city.
We will finish in the Plaza de San Marcelo, which connects the center of León and the old town, very close to the Museo de León, where one of the Hebrew tombstones that are still preserved is located.