Diario Judío México - A Spanish hotel built on the remains of a 15th century synagogue opened a new  synagogue on its seventh floor.

The opening last week at the Parador de Lorca hotel, a four-star  establishment, was the result of negotiations between management and the Sefarad  Beitenu Jewish association, which will run the shul, according to a report in  the Murcia Economia local newspaper. The president of Sefarad Beitenu, Aharon  Franco, signed a cooperation contract with the Paradores hotel network on Dec.  4, the report said.

The synagogue was unearthed during the construction of the new hotel, which  was opened last year.

The seventh floor also houses a small Jewish cultural center offering an  overview of Jewish history in Spain and a description of the synagogue and other  findings recovered in the ruins.

Several heritage preservation groups opposed the hotel’s construction because  it would mean the loss of archaeological finds. The management pledged to  incorporate the findings, including a 15th-century mikvah, or ritual bath, into  the building’s architecture.

Shlomo Amar, a former Sephardic chief rabbi of , visited the hotel and  the ruins earlier this year and requested that it be made into place of  pilgrimage for Jews, according to the Spanish daily La Opinion de Murcia.

Source: http://forward.com/articles/189227/spanish-hotel-built-on-ruins-of-th-century-synag/#ixzz2nP5NHo5z

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