This 12th century ritual bath designed for the Jewish rite of purification is the only remaining witness to the size of the Jewish community, that played a major role in the development and influence of Montpellier.
It is one of the oldest and best preserved mikvehs in Europe. It is fed by a continuously renewed groundwater source. The water comes out through an aperture, symbolizing its passage.
You enter by going down 15 ritual stairs leading to the undressing room, with the bath itself visible below through the gemelled window.
The building on Rue de la Barralerie is a listed Historical Monument and contains remnants of the medieval synagogue.
The Mikvé can only be visited on the “Essential Montpellier” tours offered by the Tourist Office!