Sinagoga de Santa María La Blanca, Toledo
(3/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The old synagogue of Yosef ben Shoshan which became the Church of Santa María la Blanca, was built under the reign of Alfonso VIII, sympathetic monarch with the Jewish community. It is small but of great value. Its luminosity surprised that highlights its arcades, orthogonal columns and capitals. A work of art, very well maintained and that it is worth visiting, I advise that the visit be guided allowing us to better understand its content and leave satisfied with what we have seen in the visit.
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  • An exceptionally pretty temple with amazing lighting and symbolism throughout. There are several marginal sights on the 9 attraction wrist band sold in Toledo - but this one is a must see. 
  • It is very interesting, though it disappointed me a little, I expected something more spectacular. Anyway, it is recommended.
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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