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Protection of middle ages Jewish cemetery on Montjuïc

In May 2006, Barcelona's government announced plans to upgrade Montjuïc (the hill of the Jews), the city's vast greenspace. Montjuïc contains several sports and cultural facilities, and the Jewish cemetery from the middle ages (9th century).

Claiming respect for Judaism’s criteria on funerary rituals and cemeteries –given that it is a live culture present in the city and in Catalunya-, we requested that all work be stopped so as to avoid that the necropolis and its environment be subject to irreversible damage, while a final decision on the correct treatment of the area was discussed.

Redefining the project over the ancient Jewish cemetery

During this part of the process, we contacted local and international experts in different disciplines, receiving the best advice in aspects of the tradition as well as technical on heritage, hallachah, protection of ancient cemeteries, archaeology, documentation, legislation, cultural management.


Designation as National Landmark / Historic Site

Follow our request, landmark status was granted by the Catalan government on June 2006. Thus, the old Jewish cemetery on Montjuīc was declared a Cultural Site of National Interest, Historical Site (according to Law 9/1993).
We have also defined the criteria for use of cemetery sites, according to the Jewish tradition, for this specific landmark.

Landmark designation document

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Boundaries of ancient Jewish cemetery of Montjuïc - centuries IX to XIV
Archival research of property deeds starting at 1914 backwards.
Project completed in en 2012. (in Spanish)
Guide for the Call, by City government

Call is a Catalan word that, in the middle ages, referred to the neighborhoods where the Jewish population lived.

In January 2007, the city government informed us of their preparation of a guide and signage for the Call. We submitted revisions to the material but, unfortunately, production had begun. We hope that in a future edition our contributions will be included.

Retrofit process for a house in the Call

In June 2006 the city government began to restore an old house that, according to oral tradition, is from the 13 or 14 century, but archaeological reports dated it from after the 16 century. Once finished, the building will be a “center of interpretation of the Call”.

We were invited to do periodic site visit to follow up the work. In November same year, the mark of a mezuzah was found when opening up a blocked door. Based on this discovery we that the historical report of the house be updated. Due to the interest of this finding, the archaeological control, analysis and study of all the construction elements was intensified.

As a result, the mezuzah mark will be “integrated” in the building’s history and a better façade treatment was chosen, leaving a great part as exposed stone rather than the plain plaster finish of the initial project.

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  Col·laboració amb el llibre Shalom Tarragona
  Campanya protecció antic cementiri jueu
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