Private El Call – Jewish Quarter in Barcelona Walking Tour
Discover the past of Barcelona’s Jewish community with our theme tour on foot in the heart of the Gothic Quarter.
- Duration: 2 hours approx.
- Departure: Choose the time and we will meet you at your hotel or near the Gothic Quarter.
- Guide: Friendly and knowledgeable guide expert in Barcelona’s Jewish heritage.
- Transport: This is a walking tour, no transport is needed.
- Price includes: Licensed guide and entrance to the synagogue.
- Itinerary: Plaça Sant Felip Neri > Centre d’Interpretació del Call > Carrer de Sant Honorat i de Sant Sever > Carrer de Sant Domènech > Els quatre cantons del Call > Call Menor > Ancient Greater Synagogue.
- Friendly guide, expert in Catalan and Barcelona’s Jewish heritage
- Entrance to the Synagogue and the Call Interpretation Centre
What's not included
- This is a walking tour. Transport is not included.
What to expect
El Call, known under this name since the 12th Century, was the Jewish quarter in the Medieval Barcelona. After their expulsion in 1492 their trace in the city fades away, as it was only a question of time before the ones that stayed, converses, mixed in with the Catalan society. About the ones that left, some traditions link Jewish families with a Catalan Origin.
For two or three generations, many converses continued to secretly and discretely practice Jewish rituals, although many ended judged and condemned by the Inquisition.
Plaça Sant Felip Neri is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Presiding over the square is the baroque church of Sant Felip Neri, and surrounding it are the buildings that formerly belonged to the Guilds of Shoemakers and of Boilermakers.
Carrer Banys Nous: The street’s name recalls the Jewish Baths present there from the 12th Century until 1834.
Centre d’Interpretació del Call: The Interpretation Centre traces the Call’s urban tissue throughout history, starting from its foundation during roman times until the urban interventions in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Carrer de Sant Honorat: The quarter’s Eastern boundary. At the end of the street was one of the entrance gates to the confined quarter.
Carrer de Sant Sever i baixada de Santa Eulàlia: The quarter’s Northern boundary. Both streets were known as the Volta del Call (the Call’s turn), as they were the limit with the Christian territory.
Carrer de Sant Domènech: The Call’s main street, where the Major Synagogue was situated and the most important members in the community used to live.
Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call follows the inside contour of the roman walls.
Els quatre cantons del Call: The crossing between the Banys Nous, Boqueria, Avinyó and Call. The four streets were developed in mid 13th Century, once the King had authorised the opening of gates and windows of the old roman walls.
Call Menor: The Minor Call was an urban development planned in the 13th Century, with 5 blocks of houses, a synagogue and a central square.
The Ancient Greater Synagogue: The Synagogue continues to be the cultural and study centre of the Jewish community. It is more than a place to worship, it is also a place to study, discuss sacred texts, a school to learn Hebrew and the norms of Judaism. It already existed at the end of the 1st and beginning of the 2nd Centuries and is the oldest active synagogue in Europe.