When you walk through the historic city of Granada, you come to the area known as Realejo, which is right in the town centre. This district was the Jewish quarter at the time of the Nasride rule. The Jewish population was once so important that Granada was once known from the Al-Andalus Country under the name of Granada of the jews (in Arabic, غرناطة اليهود gharnāṭah al-yahūd).
The jewish history of Granada goes back as far as the year 135 although some historians prefer the year 70 when jewish settlements may first have been present. Either way this period was a time when new lives in Spain were sought, leaving their native Israel behind. The first time anything was properly recorded was 303 in the cannons of the Elvira Concilio.
The Realejo quarter began to take shape from the year 711 when the muslims came to Granada. Particularly from 912 onwards when Abd ar Rahman III ruled the Jews really prospered in Al-Andalus. They studied Science, commerce and industry and also traded in the cotton and silk trade.