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Could a former bar be one of Spain's lost medieval synagogues?

The rambling, 14th-century building that sits off a narrow alley in the historic heart of Utrera, its patio walls furred with moss and its inner ones painted pugnacious shades of purple and orange, has led a long and varied existence.

Over the centuries, it has served the Andalucían city as a hospital, a home for abandoned children, a restaurant and, in its final incarnation, a bar.

Before all that, however, it may have been the synagogue where Utrera’s once-large Jewish community worshipped more than 500 years ago.

After months of research and surveying, a team of

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