The Palace of Forgotten aims to cover the historical and cultural gap that exists about the presence of Jews in Granada. The vestiges of them in the city are virtually nonexistent. However, the Jews of Granada were an important and influential community, with great statesmen, poets, philosophers and scientists in their ranks, who contributed to the enrichment of the city of Granada. After their expulsion in 1492, a slow, inexorable decline begins, which eventually covered the Sephardim of Granada with a blanket of silence and oblivion. People who, together with Christians and Muslims, are part of the living history of the city.
The Palace of Forgottenis located in Palace ofSt. Ines,former headquarters of theAlbaicinAgency. This is a buildingof sixteenthcentury. Adorning itsfaçade we find anunidentifiedcoat of armswhich makes ussuppose that it belonged toa convert, subjected toa blood pureness process.
Thepermanentexhibition spaceis dividedon twofloors. Roomsare distributedtospecific contentlike: the Spanish Inquisition, some cases of converts in Granada, Jewish symbolism, liturgicalritualsand festivities. A prominentrolein expositorydiscoursetheme islinkedto women,as carriers of the Sephardic culture, along with the “great forgotten” ofGranada: SamuelibnNagrela, Moses ibnEzra, YehudaibnTibbon, etc.. The tour endswitha room devotedto SephardicUbeda andin particular theSynagogue of Water, a medieval enclosurewhere you can visitone of the fewritual baths(mikveh) conserved in Spain.
Among the exhibits: ceramics, furniture, documents, etc.., there are itemsof extraordinary value included, belonging tothe private collection ofthe familyCrespoLópez, the fruit of patientand enthusiasticwork ofsearch andconservation throughoutthree generations.
Furthermore,the palace courtyardis enabledas a placefor thedevelopment of differentactivities planned, with a capacity of aboutninety people. Similarly, thelookoutgalleryon the fourth floor provides a capacity ofabout forty people, available to agencies, companies, governments and others.
The third floorhas a roomwheretemporary exhibitionsand educational activitiesfor schoolchildren can be carried out.In the future,it is plannedto haveanother roomas a specificlibraryonSephardictheme,inquiry or investigationtothe interested public.
The Palace of Forgotten openedits doors to thepublic onthe 2nd of, 2014. Opening hours go everyday from 10:00h. 19:00h.The visits arealwaysguidedtours.The price forthe individual ticketis 5Euros,and there isa reducedprice of4 Eurosfor groups of more than 15 people andchildren under 12 years.
Likewise, the Palace of Forgotten wants to carry out an ambitious program of activities related to the history and the Sephardic culture in Granada . Conferences, courses, workshops and above all musical activities. The latter, a proposal which started last 27 December 2013 with a performance by Eduardo Paniagua.
The creation of The Palace of the Forgotten is a part of the private initiative of Crespo López family, responsible of the discovery, conservation and enhancement of the Water Synagogue in Úbeda, province of Jaen, a singular building. After four years of management by the company Artificis, has become a benchmark of Sephardic culture in the city Heritage
Artificis, a business services, tourism and cultural heritage management company, with twenty years experience in the sector, it is responsible of management of the Palace of the Forgotten.
The implementation of this initiative is the direct creation of ten jobs and aims to provide a new cultural tourism choice to the local population, as well as prolong the stay of visitors which come to enjoy Granada.
Address: Cuesta Santa Inés, nº 6 18010 Granada
Telf: 958 100 840
Web Site: www.palaciodelosolvidados.com