Jewish Heritage in Spain and Portugal

Sagunto (E)

City Profile Sagunto, SpainOriginally built as a walled settlement by the Iberians in the 5th century B.C.E., by the 3rd century B.C.E. this port city had become a large and prosperous center of Mediterranean trade. Conquered by Hannibal at the beginning of the Second Punic War, and reconquered by Rome seven years later, Sagunto became a thriving center of commerce and culture. Its castle (whose history dates to Iberian times) and Roman theater are testimony to its historical importance.

The Jewish population of Sagunto dates back to Roman times, and by the 15th Century its alhama had become one of the most important in Aragon. Sagunto’s Jewish quarter and cemetery are among the best preserved in Spain.