Sephardíc Culture Identity Centre (Synagogue of Valencia de Alcántara)
The Hispano-Jewish community, before its expulsion in 1492 owing to the Alhambra Decree, and the converted Jews who remained left a mark which can still be felt and which deserves to be shown and enhanced. Their trades, their rituals and religious objects, their festivals, their language (Ladino), the structure and significance of the space which is the synagogue, among other aspects, left traces in the places they inhabited such as the Jewish quarters of Valencia de Alcántara, Alcántara, and Brozas.
Many of the Sephardic families who lived in this territory were forced to flee to Portugal after the edict, settling in the Jewish communities established in Castelo de Vide, Castelo Branco, and Belmonte, among others. Their influence and legacy nowadays make Tajo Internacional a territory where the mark of the Sephardim remains alive in its streets, buildings, and gastronomy and in the whole of the cultural and intellectual legacy it left behind.