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

Reyes Catolicos 4, Toledo, Spain
925-227257
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Ranked #24 of 68 Attractions in Toledo
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca The Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca is located at Calle Reyes Católicos, 4. This was built in the 13th century... more »
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Pennsylvania, USA
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277 reviews 277 reviews
78 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Since this is an ancient synagogue that was converted into a church and now is just a big empty space, there it not much to see. The wall detail is interesting, but I would not put it on the top ten list for Toledo. TIP: The good news is that the ambient temperature makes it a nice place to cool... More

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Marsascala, Malta
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Interesting back-story, but otherwise not much to look at. Warrants a short visit if you have the time.

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Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
37 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The exterior of this Synagogue is very plain, just like a warehouse. When you go inside, you will see lots of white with gold trim horseshoe arches supported by white columns. The design and decoration look more like a mosque than a Synagogue. Now open to the public as a museum. If you have time and don't mind to spend... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The building is not much to look at from the outside. It gets a bit more interesting inside, but there isn't that much to see other than the walls and columns. 5 minutes inside will suffice. There is a 2.50 admission fee which is somewhat steep for a 5 minute visit. Let it be my contribution towards maintaining this historical... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is one of three old synagogue buildings still standing in Spain. If you are interested in seeing a circumcised synagogue long ago converted for different purposes, by all means, spend the euros and enter. From a Jewish perspective, it was a waste of time and money. On the same grounds is a Catholic site which encourages a Christian perspective... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
23 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

It is a beautiful building with some stunning architecture and of course history. What I particularly enjoyed was the serenity here. Its probably one of the more quieter places in which to appreciate its full splendour in what is an otherwise very busy city. Its a bit further away from the main centre so I guess many visitors overlook it... More

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Zurich
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited Toledo on a very hot day (35°C) and took the time to walk to the Jewish quarter at the other end of the city. When we arrived at the Synagoge of Santa Maria de la Blanca, we faced a long line, because they had large groups visiting and every member of those groups had to pay individually. We... More

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The former synagogue is architecturally interesting but as a synagogue all it shows is how completely the traces of Judaism were removed. As an exercise in understanding this part of Spanish history, it is a sobering stop on a tour of Toledo. The entrance fee of EUR 2,50 seems a little high in light of the fact that there is... More

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Denville, New Jersey
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This synagogue turned into a cathedral and then turned into a museum. It is beautiful Moorish architecture. The history adds to the interest of this location. It is included on the package tour using the wristband and is worth visiting.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Not a lot to see - it was being renovated when we visited - but a beautiful interior. I think there is a Jewish History museum a little further down the road. You will need a map to find it as the street signs are a bit erratic.

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