Why Are Letters in Hebrew Carved Into Barcelona City Walls?

On first glance, the stones walls around the main courtyard in the medieval Jewish Quarter of Barcelona look similar to any other stone wall. Close inspection (pointed out by our guide) shows that some of the stones have letters in Hebrew carved into them.

Once pointed out, it is quite easy to spot the Hebrew carved in to the rocks. Do you see it in the center stone of the wall?

Hebrew Carved On Barcelona WallsPhotos ©Rhonda Albom 2012.  All rights Reserved.

Are you wondering why there in Hebrew carved on Barcelona walls?

I know I was quite curios. Actually, it’s not such a nice story. In the days of the Inquisition the King destroyed much of Jewish life. He  allowed the stones from the old Jewish cemetery to be used in the building of tenements in Barcelona. The writing was ignored, just part of the stone.

See more from Barcelona at Old Town Barcelona, A Free City Tour, and Travel Tips to Barcelona.

We travel with Lonely Planet Spain.


  1. Oh yes I see it there 🙂

    Have a walltasticated week 🙂

  2. Interesting find.

  3. It took me some time to spot the writing. Really wonder how it was written in in the first place. Happy WW

  4. How terrible in the sense of destroying graves, and yet the stone still remains a memorial…

  5. Thank you for this interesting bit of history. I love learning little facts like this. Have a wonderful week!

  6. Great find! Happy WW.

  7. Happy Wordless.
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    Have a nice day.

  8. Pretty neat, thanks for sharing!

  9. That’s neat! Very hard to see, so I would have missed it if you hadn’t pointed it out!

  10. Pretty awesome!

  11. You always have such interesting things to share each week!!
    Happy WW 🙂

  12. Yes, I see it there. I think it’s absolutely beautiful.


  13. Good eye!

    Thanks for hosting and happy WW!

  14. Very interesting, thanks for sharing with us.
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    Happy Day!

  15. I love Barcelona. Neat find!

  16. That is one interesting detail, thanks for sharing! Happy WW!

  17. Very nice, and I hope to see a better view of these stone when I’ll go to Barcelona

  18. Glenda Cates says:

    Thanks for sharing as I did not know this.I enjoyed the pictures. Have a wonderful week and if you have time come and link up at my ww please.http://mommiespov.com/wordless-wednesday-family/

  19. Very interesting, kinda curious now 😀

    teresa @ freebies 4 my family

  20. Interesting

    Happy WW!

  21. How interesting indeed!

  22. Interesting find for sure.

  23. That is amazing. There really are some interesting artifacts that have survived the years- thank goodness…

  24. I wouldn’t have seen it if you hadn’t of pointed it out. neat. 🙂

  25. Adora @ Gingerbreadmum says:

    That’s fascinating indeed!

  26. Wow, that’s so interesting! I never would have found it on my own…thanks for stopping by!

  27. Nicely taken. Happy WW.

  28. History holds many joys as well as many horrible acts. Thanks for sharing on Wordless Wednesday Bloggers.


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