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Mosque of Christ of the Light in Toledo

The cultural confluence that you can verify in Toledo, historic city you can visitclose to Madrid, has one of its greatest expressions in the Mosque of Christ of Light.

Indeed, I mean a temple of Islamic origin, and its denomination is clearly Christian.

And that is one of the main features of this old mosque, which has possibly survived to this day by having already transformed into a Christian church in the twelfth century.


Mosque of Christ of the Light in Toledo

The Mosque of Christ of the Light is, along with the Mosque of Cordoba, the oldest preserved in Spain.

In the same city ofToledo there is another mosque from the second half of the eleventh century, and it has a similar structure: it is the Turning Mosque, a fusion of Roman, Visigothic and Muslim cultures, which currently cannot be visited.

By the inscription that is seen in the entrance of the same, it is known that the Mosque of Christ of the Light dates back to December year 999.

All information in detail

  • What to see in visit of mosque of Cristo de la Luz
  • Where to see the Roman road in Toledo
  • ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP
  • Cristo de la Luz mosque opening hours
  • Toledo three cultures tour
  • Pictures Cristo de la Luz Mosque
  • USEFUL TIPS for your TRIP

What to see in visit of mosque of Cristo de la Luz

The small building is next to the Bib Al Mardon Gate, which is considered to be the oldest in the city.


Mosque of Christ of the Light in Toledo

This door located north of what is now interior wall of ToledoIt was the main entrance to the city.

In this regard I recommend that in your Toledo visit organize your tour so that you enter through this door, after passing a first door of the outer Christian wall, known as Hinge Door.

Where to see the Roman road in Toledo

From the Bib Al Mardon Gate you run into the Mosque of Christ of the Light, but look first at the stretch of stone road that precedes it, because you are facing a ancient roman road of the 1st century AD,

These archaeological remains were not brought to light until the last and very recent remodeling of the monument of Muslim origin, in 2006.

The building externally maintains the aesthetics of a islamic temple, with an interior of square plant, and nine vaults distributed in three ships.


Roman road next to the mosque of Cristo de la Luz in Toledo

But when you access the interior of the mosque, in the background you see the Christian apse which was built in 1190, after the reconquest of Toledo.

The apse of what happened to be Church of the Christ of the Light, have a Mudejar Toledo architectural style, which mixes the building with bricks with horseshoe arches with Muslim ornamentation.

As a curiosity, the Mosque of Christ of the Light It was rediscovered at the end of the 19th century, because at that time it was surrounded by buildings and the facade was hidden.

After the remodeling carried out at the beginning of the 20th century, the mosque building could already be seen.


Interior of the mosque of Cristo de la Luz in Toledo

Cristo de la Luz mosque opening hours

The visiting hours of the mosque of Cristo de la Luz in Toledo they are, every day of the week, from March 1 to October 15, from 10 to 18.45 hours, and the rest of the year, from 10 to 17.45.

Of course, keep in mind that from Monday to Friday it closes between 2 pm and 3.30 pm.

Ticket prices mosque Cristo de la Luz

He price of admission to visit the old mosque is 3 euros, with free pass For children under 11 years.

Toledo three cultures tour

To visit this old mosque with the company of a specialized guide, you have the option of joining theToledo three cultures tour.

In thisguided tour in Spanish With a duration of two hours, this guide will accompany you on the visit of three key monuments of the city.


Interior of the mosque of Cristo de la Luz in Toledo

Specifically, theMosque of Christ of the Light, theSynagogue of Santa María la Blanca and theSanto Tomé church, in which you will see the famous painting ofEl GrecoThe Burial of the Lord of Orgaz.

Another alternative is to sign up for aFull-day Spanish tour to Toledo from Madrid with a duration of eight hours in which you can visit the main monuments of the historic city of the three cultures, including the old mosque.

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Pictures Cristo de la Luz Mosque

Here are more photos of this ancient mosque that was hidden in Toledo for many centuries.












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