Jewish Cemetery

Located in the Rotchina area, the cemetery is an architectural heritage that marks the integration of the Jewish community on the island, a community that arrived on the island in the middle of the 19th century , the graves are the confirmation of the existence of this community, the descendants of the same they are still on the island and are a large part of the Boavista community, not to say that everyone in Boavista has a connection with the descendants of the island’s Jews, but that they are not practitioners of Judaism. The majority of the majority is Christian, but the importance of this location cannot be ignored, the Jewish cemetery is considered one of the most interesting legacies preserving the Jewish memory in Boavista.

King Mohamed VI of Morocco financed the restoration of several other cemeteries scattered throughout the country, where the Jewish heritage can be seen and which is certainly confused with our history, doing a job of preserving the graves, giving a new face to the graves and deserved dignity.

The chairman of the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project in Cape Verde, Carol Castiel, said at the time that “the descendants of the Jews buried in these cemeteries were the inspiration” for the creation of the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project and for the implementation of restoration projects. In this project it was found that with the abolition of the inquisition over time, many Moroccan Jews settled in Gibraltar and some later settled in Cape Verde in the middle of the 19th century, traveling with British passports, and settled, above all , on the islands of Santo Antão, São Vicente, Boa Vista and Santiago, where they mainly dedicated themselves to international trade.

Hebrew and Portuguese inscriptions on tombs on various islands in the archipelago indicate that most of these Jews came from the cities of Tangier, Tetouan, Mogador (now Essaouira) and Rabat, and had Sephardic nicknames like Anahory, Auday, Azencot , Benoliel, Benrós, Benathar, Benchimol, Brigham (Ohayon), Benaim, Cohen, Levy, Maman, Pinto, Seruya and Wahnon.