The center was created with a cultural, ecumenical, and economic purpose and its main goal is to interpret the presence of three important religions present in Leiria throughout the centuries.
This space showcases the value of the coexistence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islamism. These religions were and still are a sign of the region’s development and multicultural character, all thanks to the acceptance and cultural and economic contribution of various migrant communities.
The Igreja da Misericordia was built in 1544 on top of Leiria’s Judaic community’s synagogue. This was one of the 12 main projects, of the 25 that form part of the Rotas Sefarad project. This project is considered essential for the success of the Portuguese Network of Jewish Quarters (Rede de Judiarias).
The Rede de Judiarias de Portugal proposed that the Rotas Sefarad project integrated EEA Grants. This program is characterized by a Norway’s, Iceland’s, and Lichtenstein’s avid participation.
This project also includes Leiria’s multicultural memories, such as, Francisco Rodrigues Lobo, the new Christian poet, and father Joaquim Correia, who saved dozens of people of Jewish origin, during the 2nd World War.
Some of the things that complement this project, that encompasses the Casa dos Pintores (Painter’s House), include the memories of the Santa Casa da Misericordia and a recreation of the printing house that belonged to the Orta family. It was there that the first scientific work was printed in Portugal. The work was entitled “Almanach Perpetuum” and it was authored by Abraham Zacuto. His astronomical tables were also printed.
Igreja da Misericórdia: Rua Miguel Bombarda, 15
Casa dos Pintores (Painters’ House): Rua Acácio de Paiva, n. º2 A
GPS: 39°44’42.9″N 8°48’27.9″W
How to get there: http://bit.ly/2vL3zzC
Monday to Friday: 09:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 02:00 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 02:00 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.
Guided tours by appointment
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