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Jewish Necropolis

Jewish Cemetery of Lucena, Cordoba province, Andalucia, one of the most importand Jewsih ceneteries in Spain

By Nick Nutter | Last Updated 15 Mar 2022 | Córdoba | Places To Go
Gold Menorah - Lucena

Gold Menorah - Lucena

In 2006, a local was walking his dog through road works on the southern edge of the town. The dog found a human femur. At first treated as a murder investigation, possibly a mass grave from the Civil War, large numbers of Municipal and Guardia Police arrived at the scene. More bones were found and the municipal archaeologist was called in.

Jewish Cemetery Lucena

Jewish Cemetery Lucena

So was discovered what could be the most important Jewish cemetery in Spain. To date over 340 tombs have been discovered with the remains of 196 humans. The oldest tombstones date to the 8th and 9th centuries AD. The human remains examined are from the first half of the 11th century, the period Al-Yussena was at its most prosperous. The cemetery has been opened to the public and is now a valuable resource with information panels about the Jewish community in Spain and Lucena, about the Talmudic School in Lucena. Four tombs have been renovated to illustrate the four types of burial found in the cemetery. A fountain has been installed, a symbolic piece emphasising the purification process required by the Sepharic community in such a place, and there is also a recreation of a ‘Wailing Wall’.

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