The Jewish legacy

Besalú stands out from the towns that have a Jewish quarter because it nearly is the only one in Spain to have a Mikvah, the ritual-bathing house. "El Miqvé" de Besalú is, toguether with Girona, the only Jewish bathhouse discovered so far in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a typically Romanesque 12th century stone building with vaulted ceilings.

El Miqvé, an underground construction that is entered down a stone stairway, was where women went to bathe after menstruating, a Hebrew rite of purification continued from ancient times.

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