Portugal / Norte

Freixo de Espada-a-Cinta

Freixo. Photo by Carlos Cunha – Wikipedia

Freixo de Espada-a-Cinta is a small town in north-east Portugal, on the Spanish border.

A medieval town built in a complex natural environment, Freixo is best known for its 14th-century tower. The town was home to many Marranos driven out by the Spanish Inquisition, some of whom went on to become great explorers.

Persecuted by the Portuguese Inquisition, they had to live out their faith discreetly. Numerous Jewish symbols (mezuzoth, menoroth, etc.) were displayed in homes to maintain a link with Judaism.

Sources : Encyclopaedia Judaica, Rede de Judiarias