El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum

El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum

El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum
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Ellen V
Asheville, NC10 contributions
Jan 2023
Really beautiful, but simple interior, with much of the original decoration still intact - especially visible from the women's section where you can see all the Hebrew on the walls. The small museum also has a nice variety of artifacts. Very glad we went.
Written January 7, 2023
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Andy E
Chelmsford, UK49 contributions
Oct 2022
A large room with little information, I understand the jews were persecuted so a lot of heritage was destroyed, but tell the story. Save your money.
Written October 6, 2022
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Kenneth F
Aldie, VA256 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Beautiful and well preserved synagogue then church. Hand crafted by Muslim artisians. Still an impact to experience.
Written September 11, 2022
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CPaM68
Texas632 contributions
Jun 2021
We love touring beautiful old ornate European and North African cathedrals, synagogues, mosque, and churches. In Toledo, we were on a walking tour and the Synagogue del Tránsito was one of the sites where our guide stopped. Although there isn’t a lot to see and the building isn’t as grandiose as some cathedrals or mosque, the history of the synagogue is interesting and the building unique. Historically, for more than a thousand years, Spain was home to a large Jewish community noted for its wealth and importance. The synagogue, also known as the Synagogue of Samuel ha-Levi, was built in 1357 as an annex to the house/palace of Samuel ha-Levi Abulafia, who was Jewish. At the time, he was the regional treasurer for King Peter of Castile. Although the exterior of the synagogue is very plain, the interior of the building is unique because it was designed and built by Moors (Islamic Arabs) who included many elements of Arabic and Islamic art into the interior of the building. Although the Moors dominance around Toledo had ended in 1085, there was still a significant Muslim and Mozart (Arabic-speaking Christians) community in Toledo at the time. In 1492 the Jewish and Muslim religions were banned in Spain and the synagogue was converted into a Christian church. If you visit Toledo, make sure you stop in and tour Synagogue del Tránsito.
Written May 19, 2022
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Dan C
Herzliya, Israel27 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
We were looking forward to visiting the Sephardi museum with my friends from Madrid . We are coming from London and our roots are in Toledo as Sephardi Jews. My friend has a service dog which he is allowed to take everywhere because of his condition and has documents proving it. . He was the first in with his small dog and was aggressed by a Prosegur security guard in the entrance because he came in with the dog . My friend did not speak Spanish so could not understand the commotion and why the guard was pushing and shouting at him hard and taking out his baton prepared to hit us. . We are in our sixties and no hooligans . No need to tell you that as Jews visiting a Jewish memorial place this sort of gratuitous violence is extremely distressing. We will be pressing charge and we need to warn you that no dogs are allowed ... and us neither . Clearly the management of this museum doesn’t employ the right security people .The picture attached shows the other security guard interposing to protect my friend .
Written June 6, 2021
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Susan H
Minocqua, WI44 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed the beautiful synagogue and small museum located right next to the el Greco museum. Not much of the exhibit was in English, only Spanish.
Written May 19, 2021
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,435 contributions
Sep 2019
This synagogue, which dates back to the 14th Century was founded by Samuel ha-Levi, one of Toledo’s most prominent citizens. When I visited, I was impressed at how well maintained this stucco structure is. Though it is no longer an active synagogue, it now houses a museum which presents the history of Toledo with an emphasis on the history of the Jewish Quarter.
Written April 7, 2020
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Andy
Buenos Aires, Argentina303 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I enjoyed this visit. Especially for the synagogue’s meaning. Might be a small place but since It’s rare to find a Jewish place in Spain I found it special.
Written February 27, 2020
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Harris H
Hollywood, FL294 contributions
Feb 2020
We were fascinated to see a synagogue from the 1400’s. Am so glad that this historic site was restored so we have a history of what life was like for the Jewish people before they were expelled from the country.
Written February 27, 2020
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NikoliGogol
Edmonton, Canada1,791 contributions
Aug 2019
It is odd to see that a synagogue has reopened in a country that expelled its Jews in the year 1492.
Written February 16, 2020
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