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Memorial of Jafuda Cresques

Statue of Jafuda Cresques, a mapmaker famous for creating the Catalan Atlas, in Palma old town.



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Creator of the Catalan atlas

In the old Jewish neighborhood of Palma, in the Plaça del Temple across the street from El Temple (Gumara), you will find the statue of famous cartographer, Jafudà Cresques. Abraham (1325-1387) and his son Jafudà (1360-1410), were Jewish cartographers who lived in the Jewish neighborhood of Calatrada in Palma.

The Cresques’ became famous after creating the Catalan Atlas in 1375, after which their work became highly sought for, among other, by the Crown of Aragón.

The Catalan Atlas is preserved and exhibited in the National Library of France. In 1391, during the Catalan persecutions of Jews, Jafudà converted to Christianity and took the name “Jaume Riba”. The statue was made by sculptor María Isabel Ballester and erected on September 2nd, 2007, on the 8th European Day of Jewish Culture.

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