An interesting little article from the AP about the discovery of a secret synagogue in a church in Porto.

A chance discovery in recent months during renovations of a building in this Atlantic port city has revealed a dark secret from Portugal’s past: a 16th-century synagogue.

Built when Portugal’s Jews had been forced to convert to Catholicism or risk being burned at the stake, the house of worship was hidden behind a false wall in a four-story house that the Rev. Agostinho Jardim Moreira, a Roman Catholic priest, was converting into a home for some older parishioners. Father Moreira, a scholar of Porto’s Jewish history, said that as soon as the workers told him of the wall, “I knew there had to be some kind of Jewish symbol behind it.” …

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