OPB5 - Bordeaux Jewish Heritage Tour (3 hours) $196.80 per person (minimum 2 persons)
Departure from Bordeaux
All year except Saturdays, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December and Jewish holidays
Request availability from 09.30 to 12.30 or 14.30 to 17.30
During this 3 hour guided walking tour, not only will you learn about the history of the Jewish community in Bordeaux, but you will also discover and visit the most important sites linked to the presence of the Jewish community including the Synagogue, one of the largest in France.
Written sources confirm the presence of a small Jewish community in Bordeaux from the start of the 6th century AD. In the middle Ages, under the English Kings, the small number of Jews in Bordeaux set up home outside the town, near the Saint-Seurin area. At the end of the 15th century, Louis XI granted privileges to foreigners wanting to settle in Bordeaux. Many Jewish families (Gradis, Peixotto, Saportas, Péreire), were chased from Spain and Portugal and found refuge in Bordeaux.
In 1810, the Prefect of Gironde authorised the construction of a synagogue Rue Causserouge by the architect Corcelles (1765-1843). This first synagogue was ravaged by fire on 27 June 1873. The decision was very quickly taken to build another one. The new synagogue was inaugurated on 5 September 1882. In spite of the restricted space and the narrowness of the access road, the synagogue, designed by the architect Durand, is one of the most monumental and largest in France. In January 1944, it was turned into a prison. Jewish families were rounded up and locked inside before being transferred to Drancy. The interior was then devastated and all of the religious furniture was destroyed. Since the beginning of the 21st century, it has undergone much repair as well as restoration of the stained glass windows and cleaning of the façade.
- Pick up from your hotel
- 3 hour Guided walking tour
- Personal English speaking guide
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees unless mentioned in the program
- Gratuities for the guide