Aldeias Históricas de Portugal

Villages

Poço do Mestre

Trancoso

Trancoso

The walled-in village has a number of water wells, both public and inside buildings. Among them is Poço do Mestre (the Teacher’s Well), the location and name of which are fascinating. Located close to the Casa do Gato Negro and knowing that any synagogue was not only a place of prayer, but also for meeting and teaching, we quickly see from the evolution of the place name (magister-maestre-meetre-mestre), that the one who taught was the rabbi and that this water well would have supplied the mikvah.