THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON

The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

The Lisbon of the New-Christians, inspired in the historical novel ``The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon``

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Inspired in the persecutions against the Sephardic Jews from the 15th and 16th centuries, Richard Zimler shows us a historical novel, compelling and mysterious, which leads us through the old Lisbon from the time of King Manuel I. From Paço da Ribeira to Rossio, lost among the winding streets of Alfama, let’s unravel the different steps from this novel, guided by the mystery of the murder that is presented in the very beginning of this story.
Taking place in the Jewish Easter (Passover), let’s revive this novel in the narrator’ shoes, Berequias Zarco, stepping into the streets of a medieval Lisbon that still does exist today.

 

In this walking tour you’ll become familiar with several places referred in the novel, in particular:

 

  • Paço da Ribeira (the new King’s Palace)
  • Chafariz dos Cavalos (a public fountain)
  • Rua da Judiaria (the Jewish Street)
  • Largo das Alçarias e a Judiaria de Alfama (a square and Alfama’s Jewish quarter)
  • Rua Nova d’El Rey (the main commerce Street)
  • Hospital Real de Todos-os-Santos (the All Saints Hospital)
  • Igreja de São Domingos (the São Domingos Church)
  • Rossio (the Rossio square)

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“Still, many of the new-christians persisted in their beliefs. Secretly and taking large risks, they kept praying their Jewish prayers and to practice their rites, mostly the ones from Sabbat and the Jewish festivities. One of those clandestine Jews was Berequias Zarco, the narrator from The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon.”

Richard Zimler

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