Jewish Heritage in Spain and Portugal

Almagro (S, SP)

City Profile Almagro, SpainThis town was the seat and the fiefdom of the Order of the Knights of Calatrava, who gave protection to the numerous forced converts who had come here from other parts of Spain. For a long time, Almagro was an island of tranquility, a refuge from the terrors of persecution by certain sectors of the Church. 

Almagro is best known for its “Corral de Comedias”, the only 17th-century theatre of its kind in the world that has kept its original structure.  Spain’s equivalent of Stratford upon Avon, it been functioning uninterruptedly for 400 years and is still used to present works by classical Spanish playwrights, such as converso Lope de Vega, some of whose plays premiered here.