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The butcher's, so important for the kosher rites, was run by Pero Xudeu. The silver objects, now kept in the Museo Catedralicio, were made by silversmiths as Abraham, Jacob or Pero Amin, among others. There are also important works by stonemasons who, generation after generation, used their own signs, being especially remarkable the menorah of the Gothic cloister, which represents the integration of the Jewish into the Cristian community.
Tui also had a synagogue, located next to the Porta da Pía, at the entrance of the town. The word pía is related to the Jewish ritual bath or micveh, located in the courtyard of the synagogue, in Ordóñez Street. Nearby, close to the cathedral and the Poor Clare Convent, stands the old church of Santa María de Oliveira. This area was the closest to the wall, where the Jewish houses were located during the 15th century, as well as the tower Torre do Xudeu, among other constructions.
In the cemetery, on the outskirts of the town, probably in the neighbourhood of Riomuiños, burials were celebrated following all the rituals of the religion. High places next to a river or a stream were necessary, and Tui satisfied all these requirements.
Since 1942, when the Catholic Monarchs ordered the expulsion of the Jews from the Reign, some members of the community remained faithful to Judaism, whereas others opted to convert to Catholicism. The latter were not trusted and some of them were convicted by the Inquisition and registered in public lists which were displayed in churches, called sanbenitos. Today, the Museo Diocesano keeps the only sanbenitos remaining in Spain.+
Tui is Suebi and Visigoth, it is Jewish and Christian, it is Medieval and it is a historic ensemble… it is splendid in every sense. A must in your trip to As Rías Baixas." data-marker-category="" data-marker-icon="" data-marker-img="">