Explore Centuries of Jewish Influence ©
Walking Jewish Historical Sites in the Historic Center
Historic Center Intro From Arrival of First Jews to Modern Times
From US$67 per person, 10:30 AM Wednesdays and Sundays in English.
Except Jewish and local holidays. By Reservation Only.
Travel 500 years in time within Mexico City's Historic Center.
This experience takes place at one UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What you'll do
Explore Centuries of Jewish History
On this walking experience we will learn of the arrival of Jews in Mexico along of the conquistadors, five hundred years ago and the fateful ending of some at the stake.
We will see the 16th century Palace of the Spanish Inquisition and discover its hidden messages which persecuted Jews for 300 years.
Strolling through the Historic Center, we will talk about the anti-fascist resistance put up by famous Mexicans in the 1930's, including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and many of their Jewish friends.
We will visit the neighborhood where the second wave of Jewish migration established themselves at the turn of the 20th century, coming mainly from Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire.
We will see the oldest synagogues standing next to former Catholic convents which used to spy on non-Roman Catholics.
Amazing history will unravel as we share the advancement of the newcomers from tailors and seamstresses to the developed textile and jewelry industries which led to the establishing of Mexico's modern financial system, developed mainly with Jewish capital.
We will finish with a visit to Lithuanian-inspired Nidje Israel, a historic and one of the oldest synagogues; an example of the Jewish-Mexican cooperation for the renovation and maintenance of Mexico City's Historic Center.
Where you'll be
At three of the main squares within the 16th century city limits, we will discover the Jewish influence in history by walking on the scene, visiting hidden corners & sharing stories seldom told. We will see historical sites, discover the persecution by the Dominican friars of the Inquisition, learn about the three waves of Jewish migration to Mexico, the are they came to settle in and their first synagogues.
The experience's host and expert.
Entrance to some private or public locations has been agreed and is fully included.
A complimentary bottle of water or soft drink will be offered.
03 - Carcel en la Palacio de Medicina, ex Palacio de la Inquisicion
Mount Sinai Synagogue
Things to keep in mind
Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.
With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.
Every experience is vetted for unique access.
Any experience can be canceled at least 7 days before the experience starts for a refund minus a 20% processing charge. Rescheduling and changes can be made at least 3 days before the experience starts. Refunds are counted from the original date of purchase.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend. Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Face masks are obligatory at all times for everyone in enclosed spaces.
This experience goes weather rain or shine. In case of rain, our tour will make its best to spend as much time as possible indoors. In case of unforeseen closure of streets or venues, we are always prepared with an equivalent or alternate route.