Mosque of Christ of the Light

Mosque of Christ of the Light, Toledo

Mosque of Christ of the Light

Mosque of Christ of the Light
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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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AlfKalulu
Geneva27 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Many have commented that this monument can be seen in 10 minutes. Well, in my case I spent probably one full hour inside. True, it is a small place. Yet, the pleasure is in the detail, most of all the rare combination of 9 vaults each of which unique in design, pure caliphal art inspired by the great mosque of cordoba. The central vault, more elevated, acts as a cupola and a lantern from which a blue light enters and inundates all the other vaults creating a hypnotic sensation of unity. Unique and United at the same time…I spent another 30 minutes visiting the Islamic garden and taking a well deserved nap after spending hours walking Toledo winding streets up and down. These 90 minutes have probably been one of my most spiritual and beautiful experiences in 2022 so far.
Written April 22, 2022
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dkevan2020
Madrid, Spain17 contributions
Sep 2019
A fitting emblem of the City of the Three Cultures this beautiful little one thousand year old Mosque is a fine example of the attractive Mudejar style. A style of ornamental brick architecture. The audio guide takes you round on a comprehensive visit not only of the original mosque and its later Christian additions, but also through the delightful Moslem gardens and to a lookout where you can see over the citywalls and admire one of the main gates. It is not the easiest place to find but if you are patient while looking for it you get to explore some of the lesser known streets of Toledo!
Written March 16, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK156,914 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
The Mosque of Christ of the Light is a history mosque cum church that dates from 10th century and converted to a church after the reconquest. The church is deceptively small. From the outside, it looks very impressive from the outside with in Neo-Mudejar design. The intricate carvings are similar to the Alhambra, which the arches resemble the horseshoe arches from the mosque cathedral of Cordoba.

The interior is actually quite small though. Much of what would've been the Islamic pray is little more than a square of maybe 3 metres on each side and even much of the free space is taken up by supporting columns. The apse was added upon it's conversion to a church and still contains frescoes of varying stages of conservation. There;s enough to imagine that the frescoes would've been very impressive, hopefully if ever fully restored.

Legend has it that when King Alfonso IV entered the city in trimph, his horse kneeled down before the mosque and refused to move. The a shaft of light guided the king to a figurine of the crucified Christ that had been hidden for centuries while under Moorish rule. He left his shield there with the inscription, "This is the shield which the King Alfonso VI left in this chapel when he conquered Toledo, and the first mass was held here".

The church is significant for it's historical value and the balcony has fantastic views of the city below, It won't be a long visit though. Even with an audio guide, the visit would last no more than 20 minutes.
Written July 19, 2019
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WelshToro
Birmingham, UK163 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
This little mosque is, despite its diminutive size, one of the must see attractions of Toledo. I find it absolutely astonishing to read some of the negative reviews on this site. What on earth do people expect to find when visiting a mosque over 1,000 years old? Please try to understand that not every mosque should look like the Mezquita of Cordoba. How anybody can complain about spending 2.50 euros to see a 1,000 year old European mosque is mind boggling. You pay that for a cafe con leche!!!

Okay. It's old. As another reviewer has put it - "feel it." I think the authorities have done a very good restoration job here. Those that enjoy discovering Spain's Islamic remains will find much to give pleasure here. We have pillars and horseshoe arches as well as other interesting details. Most importantly, we have an inner contemplative space.This is the sole remaining mosque of the ten that Toledo once housed. A place where the ordinary citizen of Toledo went to pray.

I think Toledo, more than any other place, feels like the epicenter of the Christian reconquest. Everything north of the city has a northern character and the south is another country. It's a place soaked in the atmosphere of the three faiths. That is why this small, but beautiful, mosque should command our eternal respect and gratitude.
Written December 13, 2014
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Carina AY
London, UK96 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
As per subject, If you are interested in ancient stuff, this is the place to go. This mosque was built in around 10th century. It used to be a Muslum worshipping place and then it was modified into a church after it was re-conquered by the Christians in the early mediaeval times. The place is small but is worthwhile to see the columns and the architecture. If you go outside the mosque you will also be able to see the magnificent view of the outer city.
Written January 10, 2019
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Brian W
New Jersey10 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
This is a unique little structure which is not too far from the cathedral. Although other reviewers on here have written that it is difficult to find, that was not true in my case. Google maps points out exactly where it is off of the Calle Cristo de la Luz. Just be aware, on their maps it is called the Mezquita Del Cristo De La Luz. It is true, however, that navigating through the maze of streets just to get to the correct street can be somewhat challenging.
This was one of my favorite locations in Toledo. It was built at the very end of the 10th century as a mosque and has been little modified since, even by the Christians once they captured the city in 1085. Although it is no longer used as a place of worship, it's architectural details are fascinating. It's also older than just about all of the other structures in Toledo. That being the case, I am very interested in medieval history as well as architecture, and if you are not, this may not be worth the trek to get there. In addition, it is quite small, so for those who just want a place to venture to, it likely won't take more than twenty minutes, which along with the fee may not be worth it for some.
Written July 18, 2015
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N H
Lafayette, IN29 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
This mosque was built in 999 ac to add context. Small but beautiful. Has outside garden area with great view of pubertal del sol. I would highly recommend purchasing the wrist band which gets you into pretty much every historic site minus the alcazar and cathedral for a small sum of 9 Euros. Allows you to visit at your pace, the wristband is good til it breaks!
Written November 9, 2018
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GinnyS-A
Wellington, FL72 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
This historic site is a must see because it is the oldest mosque in Toledo. Toledo is the only other city in the world, other than Jerusalem, where the mesh of the Muslim, Jewish, and Catholic faiths give the city it's character. You must go and visit each monument and get the big picture of the history of Toledo and Spain. My suggestion is to get the Tourist Wristband that grants you skip the line access to this and the other 5 main landmarks in Toledo.

WARNING: Toledo is a walking city with many hills and cobblestone streets. It is not stroller or wheelchair friendly. It is not a handicapped accessible city.
Written June 26, 2015
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carole l
San Francisco, CA138 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
The remains of this very small 12th century Mudejar church was built on a mosque which was built on a visigoth church. You walk up steps to enter a small space that has four sturdy columns, with visigothic figures on top, holding up nine small domes with different designs. Then, you walk up two steps to the remains of the early Christian church with remains of frescoes on the walls. Outside, there is a small garden; go down the steps to the wall and you'll have a panoramic view of Toledo.
Written April 22, 2015
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Bothydweller
Aberdeen, UK41 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
Visited this historic site and for my wife and I who have a real but non academic interest in Moorish influence on Spain this is a little gem. On this one site there archaeological remains from Roman, Visigoth, Moorish and then Christian after the reconquest. The legends, history, architecture and spiritual paintings make it a very atmospheric visit and worthy of a bit of thought and contemplation. In the Christian apse built onto the original Mosque there are some religious paintings and one which I guess must be anything from 500-900 years old of a female figure with a halo and in her left hand a rectangular object with the index finger of right hand poised over it. Looks for all the world like a young woman using an i-pad ! Weird but wonderful. Nice Syrian restaurant opposite that complements the Arabic feel of the immediate area.
Written November 2, 2014
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