Sinagoga de Santa María La Blanca, Toledo

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Now a museum, Sinagoga de Santa María La Blanca features stunning architecture and decor. The interior of this former house of Jewish worship is divided by impressive archways, while the floor is lined with decorative tiles. However, round windows lend the building the typical European look of most synagogues. Small art display and carvings are worth a look. The site can be difficult to find, so be prepared to ask for directions or take a map with you. Be sure to bring your camera. Before you head to Toledo, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Toledo family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Toledo has to offer, including Sinagoga de Santa María La Blanca.
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  • Synagogue built on the site of a mosque he traces both the construction inside and outside
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  • Mezquita Santa Maria la Blanca, located very close to the Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes, was built in 1180, and served as a mosque until 1391. In 1085, Toledo was otherwise been back captured by Christian Kings, but Toledo evolved into a place where Christian, Jewish and Moorish culture worked side-by-side. Thus came Jews in 1200-century to the mosque in order to study the Koran. But it stopped in 1391, where, during the pogrom pounced on the Jews and many terrible things happened, and pogrom resulted in General a great cultural upheaval. The mosque then came to belong to the Catholic Church. From the late 1700 's to in the middle of 1800-century functioned rather as a military depot, but today serves as a museum exclusively mosque. From the outside the building looks pretty modest out, and you will be surprised when you enter, and you see the 32 pillars arranged in four rows, the beautiful ornaments and ceilings will be surprised. It is natural to combine the visit to San Juan de los Reyes with a visit to Mezquita Santa Maria la Blanca. Also other attractions can be found close to the Mosque: Puerta del Cambron and Puente san Martin.
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  • Little to say. It has not caused much interest. He expected to see the Christ that speaks the legend, after going through so many disparate hands history is normal.
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  • It's a church with no Jewish identity. Waste of time. The museum was closed Monday morning. Why? Nobody had an answer. Pathetic for a people who looks for recognition and some connection with the past.
  • The building is beautiful but the place is hugely distressing. It continues to reflect centuries of persecution for the Sephardi Jews by the Catholic church in Spain. It is disgusting that they use the building to evangelise. The building should be given back to the Sephardim.
  • Beautiful Christian Church designed in the Moorish style and built by the Jews of Segovia. This beautiful building serves as a reminder that all of these religions can get along and have gotten along in the past. We can do it again!
  • If you're on a visit of the 3 synagogues (2 here and 1 in Córdoba) then go for it, but the entrance fee to visit a small site with close to no Jewish ornateness (there is no Hebrew), then skip this one and go to the other one.
  • beautiful old building