Yesterday, July 16th, Marta Madrenas, the Mayor of Girona, received the visit of Antonio Manuel das Neves Nobre Pita, the vice president of The Portuguese Network of Jewish Quarters, at Girona City Council.
The meeting was also attended by, Carles Ribas, Councilor for Culture, and Assumpció Hosta, director of the Patronat del Call de Girona and general secretary of the AEPJ, in order to consolidate the bases of collaboration with Portugal. It should be noted that Girona holds the vice presidency of the European Association of Jewish Heritage, and The Portuguese Network is a prominent member of its executive committee.
The Portuguese Network of Jewish Quarters ? Routes of Sepharad is an association with public character but of private law and is intended to act together in defense of the urban, architectural, environmental, historical and cultural heritage related to the Jewish heritage (article 1 of the statutes).
Thus, the Portuguese Network of Jewish Quarters, founded in March 17th 2011, intends to combine the historical and heritage recovery with tourism promotion, action that will also help to discover a strong Portuguese and mainland identity.
The contribution of the Portuguese Jews in world?s history was enormous; from the nautical science that more than 500 years ago gave a breakthrough to the onset of globalization, to the evolution of world economy and medicine, many were the areas where the role of Sephardic Jews has become more prevalent.
It currently consists of 37 municipalities, spread across the country, its headquarters are located in the municipality of Belmonte, which in addition to having recovered the architectural and urban legacy today has one of the most emblematic Jewish communities in all of Portugal.