Penamacor, in Castelo Branco

Near the border, the town founded by Gualdim Parents have been the perfect space to serve as a refuge for Jews in 1492, were expelled from Spain by the Catholic Monarchs.
But what stands out among other Penamacor borderer lands are not Jewish traces left by this ancient community but that it is the birthplace of one of the most emblematic figures of European culture of the eighteenth century, the physician and philosopher Antonio Ribeiro Sanches. New Christian, pursued by the Portuguese Inquisition over many years, on charges he never renounced Judaism, was a doctor of Catherine of Russia and his writings have revolutionized the teaching of medicine in Portugal.

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