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Synagogue of Saint Mary the White (Santa Maria la Blanca)

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Address: Reyes Catolicos 4, 45003 Toledo, Spain
Phone Number: 34925227257
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Beautiful place, a bit odd

We came here with a pre-paid tour through AAA but it was a nice surprise. It seemed odd because there was nothing in the building really to speak of.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful synagogues I've seen. I am glad that people who took over the place and made it into the church centuries ago recognized the beauty of it and did not spoiled it. Don't miss it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We came here with a pre-paid tour through AAA but it was a nice surprise. It seemed odd because there was nothing in the building really to speak of.

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Talladega, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Minimal cost to get in- no furnishings, but you are looking at the Moorish influence on the pillars, etc. There is a courtyard with shade and benches to sit for awhile and get out of the heat.

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plainfield, nj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Expensive sight if you're looking for Jewish history. The building is interesting architecturally, but there is little or no explanation about the Jewish community or the inquisition. Back section was being used as an art gallery for a display of art portraying Old Testament imagery overlay with images of Jesus suggesting that he was responsible for some of the most... More 

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Newton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This building is no longer used for religious purposes. The column stone work is lovely and worth while looking at.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This synagogue built in the late 12th century was converted into a church after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The oldest synagogue in Europe, it is also considered a symbol of the cooperation that existed among the three cultures that populated the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages as it is Mudéjar construction, created by Moorish architects on... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

As others have mentioned, this is a great historic building and the architechture is nice. But what you see on the tripadvisor pic is basically it, it is a big empty room. For those of us who have no connection with jewish faith or history then feels a bit empty. For your €2.5 you will see a big empty room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is one (1) of the three (3) remaining Synagogues in Spain that existed prior to 1492. They were saved from destruction. One (1) is in Toledo, and the last one (1) is in Cordoba.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Only 10 minutes from the centre of Old Toledo, make every effort to visit this architectural and cultural gem - said to be the oldest still-standing synagogue in Europe - striking for its ornate short rows of horseshoe-arched colonnades with Mudéjar style capitals and detailed high carvings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Toledo is a wonderful city, with a rich history of Islamic, Christian and Jewish influences. This synagogue was built in the 12th century, and is considered by some to be the oldest surviving synagogue in Europe. It's located in the Jewish Quarter, which is an interesting area itself. As some other reviews have mentioned, it's light on explanations. But if... More 

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