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El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum

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Address: Calle de Samuel Levi , S/N, 45002 Toledo, Spain
Phone Number: +34 925 22 36 65
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Interesting synagogue

I wasn't initially intending to visit this one however I'm glad I did because it provided a different context to the varied history of Toledo. Many Jewish based artificacts and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I wasn't initially intending to visit this one however I'm glad I did because it provided a different context to the varied history of Toledo. Many Jewish based artificacts and clothing on display plus some lovely architecture. The Women's balcony was an intriguing insight to the thinking of the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This building was a 14th century synagogue converted to a Christian church. There is a small museum attached but unfortunately most of the objects on display don't have information in English. However, be sure to go there as you get great views of the synagogue/church ceiling and friezes around the walls. Also of the stone tracery in the arches just... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The free audio guide accessible by wi-fi at no charge only gives a general description of each room and not of each item as most museums do but it is worth visiting as it is not expensive and gives you some history about the Ladino speaking Sephardic Jews in Spain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

the history of spanish jewry is key to understanding the present. it flourished, it enriched the iberian peninsula. little is left, except the few buildings that have been reclaimed. this building is among the precious few. nice try.

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The Sephardic Musem in the old Tránsito Synagogue is interesting. The exhibits are well displayed and fully explained. The courtyard containing a half a dozen or so Jewish gravestones is restful, and the verse of poety inscribed on the wall makes it a beautiful spot. But it's the synagogue itself that is so thrilling. The building, orignally built in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The museum is rather small, there's not too much to see there, but the building itself is a must see, both outside and inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This Synagogue was built here in the jewish area in about 1350 by a jew ah-Levi whp was also treasurer to the king Pedro I. This shows that the jews and the christian could live together. Isabel and Ferdinand thought otherwise and through all jews out of the country in 1492. And was made a church. Later in the napoleonic... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is areally interesting insight into a 13th century synagogue, with all the candelabra and beautiful designs. It makes the Jewish faith really come alive, and they have an archive of books etc which offer an idea of life for theJewish community in Spain before the expulsion in 1490s.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The museum is free and it was very interesting. For non Spanish speakers they have note cards on the whole to tell what everything is.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

An interesting place to understand better the jewish district and the importance of the community in Toledo. The main room of the synagog is beautifully decorated with stuck the remind us about arabic decoration or vice-versa. The collection of antiques is extensively explained in various languages and quite amazing. Esp. Splendid silvers with old scriptures. Nearby, do not miss El... More 

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