Tuesday, April 09, 2013


Belmonte is the birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, the Portuguese navigator who discovered Brazil.
Belmonte is also the home to the last remaining community of Sephardic Jews called Marranos,
who maintained their hidden Jewish traditions almost intact for centuries, becoming an exceptional crypto-Jewish community. Only in the 1970s did the community establish contact with the Jews of Israel and officialised Judaism as their religion.