Alto Alentejo

By the castle is a small judiaria – the former Jewish district. A sizeable community of Jews settled here in the 12th century, then larger waves came in the early 15th century after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. At first they didn’t have an exclusive district, but Dom Pedro I restricted them to specific quarters. The highlight of this area is the synagogue & museum.

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Nearby Alto Alentejo attractions

1. Synagogue & Museum

Reopened in 2009 after being converted into a museum, the site comprises the original synagogue – two rooms (one for women and one for men), a wooden…

2. Fonte da Vila

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In a pretty square just below and east of the judiaria (Jewish quarter) is the worn-smooth 16th-century marble Fonte da Vila, with a washing area. This,…

3. Castelo

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Originally Castelo de Vide’s inhabitants lived within the castle’s sturdy outer walls; even now there remains a small inner village with a church, the…

4. Casa da Inquisição

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Under construction at research, this museum will delve into the dark era of the Inquisition. It's set inside a restored 17th-century mansion.

6. Castelo

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The formidable castle, built into the rock at the western end of the village, dates from the end of the 13th century, but most of what you see today was…

7. Museu Municipal


Just southeast of the castle, the Igreja de Santa Maria provides graceful surroundings for this one-room museum. Its renovated exhibition hall offers a…

8. Casa da Cultura


In a restored building, this cultural centre hosts changing exhibitions. You can also check out the rustic upstairs courtroom, dating from 1809, and there…