Outside the walls. Jews and Muslims in Lisbon

Wed, 03.05.2017
Alfama and Sé Cathedral

Next Wednesday, 3rd May, we will continue with the tour in Alfama that introduced us to the different religions in Lisbon. Our teacher Beatriz will continue to talk about the history, the binds and the conflicts of the two religions that are still present in our city today, Islam and Judaism. We will discover the places of worship throughout the centuries and we will learn how they have evolved.

Religion is intrinsic part in every society and during the tour we will learn how much it can influence people.

Join us on Wednesday 3rd of May to know more about the Portuguese Capital! The meeting point is in Praça do Comercio, near the statue, at 3 p.m.

Tour Report / Photo Gallery


Religion is intrinsic part of every society and often the main historical events are linked to it. This is what we learnt last week with our teacher Beatriz.

Lisbon has always been a multicultural city, where people of different religions have cohabited for years, sharing their traditions and habits. Jews were a fundamental support during the Discovery Age because they financed many of the Portuguese ventures. They also were forced to convert to Christianity during the Middle Age. Becoming the “New Christians” and taking advantage from this new situation, they could reach important positions near the aristocracy and in the governmental and educational fields. On the other hand, Muslims also had an influential presence in Portugal: after their conquest, a big community settled in the city and from that period of time it grew and flourished and continues to do so today. Follow us to know more about our lovely city!