An ancient mikveh was recently uncovered in Catalonia, Spain.

The ritual bath dates to the 15th century and was found during an excavation at the area’s last synagogue of the Jewish quarter of Girona.


“I commend the discovery of more evidence of a Jewish presence and want to encourage this cultural treasure in order to maintain links between our peoples,” said Alon Bar, Israel’s ambassador to Spain, Monday.

Bar took part in a public presentation of the discovery, along with Ferran Mascarell, Catalonia’s culture minister, and Girona Mayor Carles Puigdemont.

Girona had a vibrant Jewish community prior to the Inquisition. The synagogue where the mikveh was found began in 1435, but was abandoned when Jews were expelled in 1492.

It currently contains the Museum of Jewish History in Girona.