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Toledo - Santa María la Blanca, the synagogue that looks like a mosque

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Inner nave of the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue in Toledo

When you enter the interior of the Santa María la Blanca Synagogueduring your Toledo visit, close to Madrid, you may be tempted to go out again to check on the signs that, in effect, the building was a synagogue.

The Santa María la Blanca Synagogue It is undoubtedly one of the most curious and amazing monuments that you can see in Toledo.

It is a building built at the end of the 12th century to fulfill its functions as a place of Jewish worship, but whose decoration, with an unequivocal Mudejar style, easily leads you to think that you are in a mosque.


Dome in the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue in Toledo

History Santa María la Blanca Synagogue

The reality is that the building that you can now visit west of Toledo, very close to the Monastery of San Juan de los ReyesIt is not known for sure what synagogue is about those that were then in the city.

I mean, if it's the old one Major Synagogue of Toledo, from the end of the 12th century, or if instead it was called New Synagogue Built at the same time.

Be it one or the other, the building was built on behalf of a Jewish official who was at the service of the king Alfonso VIII.

The point is that, to build the synagogue, he called architects and artisans Almohads of Cordova, with which the building was built in Mudejar architectural style.

The synagogue suffered the attack on the Jewish community that took place in Toledo in 1391, and already in the fifteenth century it became a building for Christian worship, becoming known as the church of Santa María la Blanca.


Inner corner of the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue in Toledo

The Santa María la Blanca Synagogue It is a relatively small building, and as soon as you enter you find yourself facing five naves separated by arches of circular arches, which rest on octagonal brick columns.

The roof is covered with a characteristic Mudejar coffered ceiling.

Come on, in a way it can give you the feeling of being in the Mosque of Cordoba... but no, it was a Jewish synagogue.

With the passage of time, the building had several vicissitudes: since being during the 16th century abeguinage for repentant public women, to an abandoned building in the following century, and military barracks during the 18th century.

Behind the Civil war He became a Catholic church again and was subsequently declaredNational Monument.

In you walk inside the synagogue, you will see various corners of great decorative wealth, although the predominance of white in arcades and columns will catch your attention.


Inner corner of the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue in Toledo

Schedules Santa María la Blanca Synagogue

The visiting hours of the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue They are every day of the week, from 10 to 18.45 hours (last entry), and in winter, until 17.45 hours.

He price of admission It is 2.50 euros, although this synagogue is one of the monuments of Toledo that you can visit if you buy the Tourist voucher.

If instead of going on your own, you prefer to include the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue in a guided group tour with a guide in Spanish, you have the options to sign up for Toledo full tourat Tour of the three cultures or yet Private tour of Toledo.

Pictures Santa María la Blanca

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