A new museum to tell the story of Jews in Portugal will be opened in Lisbon
The protocol for the creation of a new museum that will tell the story of the Jews in Portugal has been officially signed by the city hall of Lisbon and non-profit association Hagadá. It happened on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the end of the Holy Inquisition in Portugal. The Jewish Museum will be installed in Belém, facing the Tagus.
The museum will cover almost 4000 m2 and will present approximately 2,000 years of Jews history in Portugal. The work should start next year and it will open in 2024.
Daniel Libeskind, the lead architect, has a long experience in the field. He is responsible for the design of the Jewish museums in Berlin, San Francisco and Copenhagen, as well as Holocaust memorials in the Netherlands, Canada and the United States. He was also in charge of the conversion of Ground Zero to the World Trade Center in New York.
“It is not a museum of the Jews, but a Portuguese museum which tells a specific story: the life of the Jews in Portugal, a Jewish and Portuguese history”, explains Associação Hagadá.
The mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, affirmed that the future space makes a “very clear political affirmation” of the defense of the values of coexistence and respect between cultures as “key element of a society”, reports Ksusentinel.com.
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