El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum

El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum

El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum
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  • G_N_Rxrt
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive site, poor language support
    The El Tránsito Synagogue is a remarkable historical site that is well worth visiting. The quality of the synagogue restoration and associated museum exhibit are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the government and scholarly community. Unfortunately, the quality of the English language services leaves much to be desired. The English language audio guide is not accessed though an app or internet web site, but rather through what appears to be an intranet site on the museum's wifi network. The posted instructions are poor and the ticket clerk knew too little English to be helpful. When it appeared that my phone couldn't get onto the network she simply walked away stating "no disponible," i.e., the wifi is not available. She was not willing to help any more. I was eventually able to access the audio with the help of a gentleman in the lobby, who may or may not have worked at the museum. I had to turn off my cellular signal and log onto the wifi in airplane mode. Otherwise when I tried to enter the local URL for the audio, my phone would go to a different website on the internet. All of the explanatory text in the exhibit was in Spanish, which would not have been too big a deal if I were able to use Google translate. However, that required an internet connection and my phone was in airplane mode. Why a museum that draws so many foreign visitors cannot hire staff that are fluent in English and provide English language translations of their exhibits is truly beyond my understanding.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 13, 2023
  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, Washington563 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Synagogue
    One of our highlights in visiting Toledo for a couple of days. We visited on a Saturday afternoon. We arrived at around 150pm and the ticket office advised us to wait until 2pm since it was free at that time. While the cost to get in was quite low, it was kind of them to let us know ahead of time since we did not read the sign which clearly indicates this. There were maybe 15 people outside in a queue. Security is very tight. At this time that I am writing this, the ground invasion of the Gaza Strip was occurring during the Israeli - Hamas war. There is screening done of all your belongings including your jacket. Subsequently everyone was wanded as well. As soon as you get past security, the synagogue opens up into a large building that takes your breath away. The details from the wood ceiling to the spectacular designs on the walls makes you appreciate what true artistic skills look like. Climbing up the stairs gets you even closer to the examine the craftsmanship that had to have taken years to complete. Would definitely visit again. Enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Louise Masin Sattler
    Los Angeles, California1,361 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and Beautiful
    This was a place in Spain I longed to visit. The history of this building and the Jewish Quarter is centuries old and fascinating. The area is having a renovation so some parts were not accessible. But the main rooms were open to the public November 2023. An audio tour is available with photos. No open captioning on the video and only a brief summary. I brought this to the attention of a docent.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
  • heather o
    Williamsburg, Virginia27 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    disappointing for English speakers
    Beautiful synagogue with a lot of artifacts none of which could be read nor understood because the audioguide provided does not work well in the museum area. It kept going out. Our group had 2 Samsung Androids and 2 iPhones. None of the phones could get decent reception to play the audioguides in the museum. So, if you are an English speaker, this museum will not be very helpful. I wish they could provide labels in English of the displays.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,026 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Former Jewish synagogue built in 1357 with Moorish influence in its architecture
    The former synagogue was built in 1357 with a Moorish architectural influence. In 1492, when the Jewish religion was banned in Spain it began to be used for Christian purposes. It is now a museum which highlights its former Jewish history.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 16, 2024
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States7,429 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Admission During Our Visit
    When we visited in January everyone was admitted without paying admission. That was a nice gesture since only two areas were accessible to visitors. While the line was short it did take awhile before we could go inside as the security process was slow as they only admitted a couple persons at a time. Once inside the main room was fabulous with its Moorish architecture. Head up to the second floor to admire more of those details up close. I also loved the rich wooden ceiling with its own unique design and patterns. The second floor museum collection of Jewish artifacts included everyday home life, religion, school, etc but we would have gotten a better understanding had they included some explanations in English. My translator app helped a bit. There were a couple more clothing displays just before the gift shop on the first floor. We did notice that there was a lot of construction on the courtyard behind the synagogue. Not sure what else was under renovation but hopefully there will be more things to see or learn about in the future.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 8, 2024
  • Stu5390
    West Chester, Pennsylvania272 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Few English captions
    This could be an excellent museum, but there are very few English captions on the exhibits. If you use their audio guide, you can select English as the language. Unfortunately, the WiFi signal does not reach all corners of the museum. Frequently, you have to retreat to a central location to hear an English language description of an exhibit located elsewhere. Admission is free to those under age 18 or over age 65. Admission is also free to all on selected dates and times - check the website for details.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 13, 2024
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G_N_Rxrt
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The El Tránsito Synagogue is a remarkable historical site that is well worth visiting. The quality of the synagogue restoration and associated museum exhibit are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the government and scholarly community. Unfortunately, the quality of the English language services leaves much to be desired.
The English language audio guide is not accessed though an app or internet web site, but rather through what appears to be an intranet site on the museum's wifi network. The posted instructions are poor and the ticket clerk knew too little English to be helpful. When it appeared that my phone couldn't get onto the network she simply walked away stating "no disponible," i.e., the wifi is not available. She was not willing to help any more.
I was eventually able to access the audio with the help of a gentleman in the lobby, who may or may not have worked at the museum. I had to turn off my cellular signal and log onto the wifi in airplane mode. Otherwise when I tried to enter the local URL for the audio, my phone would go to a different website on the internet.
All of the explanatory text in the exhibit was in Spanish, which would not have been too big a deal if I were able to use Google translate. However, that required an internet connection and my phone was in airplane mode.
Why a museum that draws so many foreign visitors cannot hire staff that are fluent in English and provide English language translations of their exhibits is truly beyond my understanding.
Written September 13, 2023
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wireless_in_CA
United States7,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
When we visited in January everyone was admitted without paying admission. That was a nice gesture since only two areas were accessible to visitors. While the line was short it did take awhile before we could go inside as the security process was slow as they only admitted a couple persons at a time.

Once inside the main room was fabulous with its Moorish architecture. Head up to the second floor to admire more of those details up close. I also loved the rich wooden ceiling with its own unique design and patterns.

The second floor museum collection of Jewish artifacts included everyday home life, religion, school, etc but we would have gotten a better understanding had they included some explanations in English. My translator app helped a bit.

There were a couple more clothing displays just before the gift shop on the first floor.

We did notice that there was a lot of construction on the courtyard behind the synagogue. Not sure what else was under renovation but hopefully there will be more things to see or learn about in the future.
Written March 8, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stu5390
West Chester, PA272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This could be an excellent museum, but there are very few English captions on the exhibits. If you use their audio guide, you can select English as the language. Unfortunately, the WiFi signal does not reach all corners of the museum. Frequently, you have to retreat to a central location to hear an English language description of an exhibit located elsewhere.

Admission is free to those under age 18 or over age 65. Admission is also free to all on selected dates and times - check the website for details.
Written April 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ellen V
Asheville, NC10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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heather o
Williamsburg, VA27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful synagogue with a lot of artifacts none of which could be read nor understood because the audioguide provided does not work well in the museum area. It kept going out. Our group had 2 Samsung Androids and 2 iPhones. None of the phones could get decent reception to play the audioguides in the museum. So, if you are an English speaker, this museum will not be very helpful. I wish they could provide labels in English of the displays.
Written January 6, 2024
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osnoopy13
Lilburn, GA413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Very interesting and historic site. This church has served many religious purposes over the years. Very old setting. Beautiful inside. Jewish in structure but used by Christian worshippers also. Has some Islamic features. I recommend you make sure to include it when you’re visiting Toledo.
Written May 2, 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The former synagogue was built in 1357 with a Moorish architectural influence. In 1492, when the Jewish religion was banned in Spain it began to be used for Christian purposes. It is now a museum which highlights its former Jewish history.
Written January 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Louise Masin Sattler
Los Angeles, CA1,361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was a place in Spain I longed to visit. The history of this building and the Jewish Quarter is centuries old and fascinating. The area is having a renovation so some parts were not accessible. But the main rooms were open to the public November 2023. An audio tour is available with photos. No open captioning on the video and only a brief summary. I brought this to the attention of a docent.
Written November 29, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,087 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This building is part synagogue and museum, about the history of the synagogue and Judaism. Sadly the building no longer has a Jewish congregation ever since the Jews were expelled centuries ago.

The museum is divided into themed rooms with exhibits, virtually all the exhibits come with only Spanish labels and explanations. Although each room does have a placard with about 2 pages of information in different languages including English. Unquestionably, the star of the exhibits is the original prayer hall which features some intricate and stunning polychrome stucco-work in the Moorish Nasrid style. If you go up to the women's gallery, you can get an even closer look at the reliefs. The rest of the rooms are exhibits of Jewish artefacts and I guess information about Jewish life (it's in Spanish).

More English and it would've been 5 stars, although at only €3 for entrances it wasn't too bad a loss.
Written July 20, 2019
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Dan C
Herzliya, Israel27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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