We have been sending clients to Ubeda and Baeza since the beginning of Made for Spain. We love these two cities. They were declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO some years ago. We have thought for years that the magic of Ubeda lied on its splendid Renaissance architecture and its fantastic tapas… Now we have learn there is a lot more.
I heard about a medieval Synagogue being discovered lately thus last Sunday visited Ubeda and … I am still feeling the magic in my body and soul. So… here I am writing this note to share with you the story…
In 2007 a builder of Ubeda called Fernando Crespo was about to demolish an old house to build up some apartments for sale. While looking at the old stones and rooms in the building he thought the entire structure looked special and very unique. He begun taking walls off and some arches made out of splendid craved stones appeared. While cleaning up the structure a big room under the building appeared looking like a storage room. It was full of ruble.
It is then that Fernando Crespo called my good friend and our head guide in Ubeda so to understand what the building, the arches, the upper gallery and the basement room where. Then called archeologists, university professors and many other authorities so to understand what it all was about… What Fernando ended up discovering was that he was never going to build apartments there.
The old building in Ubeda kept one of the better secrets of Spain…. It was a hidden Synagogue, housing 7 wells with free flowing water and a ritual bath in the basement. To round up this magic let me mention that the building next door to what now we know was a synagogue was the house of the head of the Inquisition of Ubeda for centuries.
The Sinagoga del Agua is open to the public and can be visited at Roque Rojas Street number 2 in Ubeda www.sinagogadelagua.com Group tours are offered in the AM and PM daily.
If what you are looking for is a special visit to enjoy in full the story of this discovery please call us at Made for Spain www.madeforspain.com We have full access to the building so we can organize for you a private visit while it is closed to the public. Our head guide in Ubeda will guide the tour and will introduce you to Fernando Crespo the owner.
Made for Spain will be thrilled to introduce you to the wonderful world of recovery of our Jewish heritage!