Jewish Palma
Jewish Palma

Mallorca is an island with a medieval and Jewish influence, specifically in the capital, Palma. The Jewish quarter of the city is one of the great unknowns of the city.

The presence of Jews goes back to the 5th century until practically the 17th century when they were forced to convert to Christianity. Until then, they lived in total harmony with Muslims and Christians. In fact, many Jews worked as civil servants during the Muslim era and, for this reason, many residences around the Almudaina Palace remain. At the same time, once Jaime I conquered the island, he granted them several properties located in the first Jewish quarter.

However, during the 14th century, violent acts against Jews began to break out, destroying, for example, the second Jewish quarter. Until in 1435 they were forced to convert to Christianity, even developing an inquisitorial process

Call Menor: first Jewish neighborhood, located behind the Cathedral of Palma

Call Mayor: close to Santa Eulalia square, it was the second neighborhood, which was expanded as the population grew.

Main Synagogue: despite the fact that all the synagogues were destroyed, a small wall has survived from the old temple where, even today, many people leave papers with wishes, as is the tradition at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

Jewish cemetery: located in the neighborhood of El Jonquet de Pescadores, it was an old grain store.

Headquarters of the Inquisition

Statue of Jafua Cresques: one of the most famous Mallorcan cartographers of the 14th century

Maimó Ben Faraig Center: museum dedicated to the history of the Jewish community


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