Mosque of Christ of the Light

Mosque of Christ of the Light

Mosque of Christ of the Light
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 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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  • efustok
    Houston, Texas1,306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magical spot in this enchanting city
    Dear readers, when visiting Madrid you must take a day trip to Toledo…it’s honestly a fairy tale…I felt I was transported to a medieval time, and knights were going to start walking around the tiny streets. It was absolutely breathtaking…set on a hill, surrounded by the original walls, built as a fortress….with the river below. Then you happen to stumble upon this beautiful mosque, one of the oldest after Cordoba…we honestly had no clue it was there. I hadn’t done too much research before we went, I just knew from pictures I had googled that Toledo is a gem. So, this was a real treat…we went in, rented the guided tour, and are so glad we did. It gives you the history from the beginning to end when it became a church…just like Cordoba mosque, it has both Christian and Muslim history. It has a exceptional view as well…with a lovely garden that has a gentle water fountain that relaxes you, I just wanted to sit there and enjoy the breeze….a must visit when visiting Toledo…
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • johnmodesto
    Modesto, California747 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent ancient mosque/church, lovely garden, exceptional setting
    This is typically Toledo--an ancient mosque, converted to a Christian church, impressively restored, surrounded by lovely city views. There is a pleasant garden, which has views of the old city walls including three of the gates. The exterior of the church with it's Islamic arches is beautiful, as is the interior, which in a small space has Christian and Muslim influences. Each of the roof vaults are unique, one appears to be a Star of David. There are remnants of frescos. Entrance is 4 euros, the better deal is to buy the tourist wristband for 12 euros, which allows you to visit 7 ecclesiastical attractions.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, Washington563 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special place to visit
    My wife and I really enjoyed the brief visit this special place. Quite inexpensive and was not very crowded when we got there in the afternoon. By the time we started heading out, the tour groups on a Saturday had lined up on the street making getting out a bit of a challenge. You can pay an extra euro for an audio guide. There was a single small fountain to look at but the views were amazing and relaxing. There is a small shop there though other places that we visited such as the El Transito Synagogue had many of the same items and they we cheaper. Still an interesting quick visit in the wonderful city of Toledo. Enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,026 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting mosque/church with great views of Toledo from its garden
    My wife and I took a day trip to Toledo during a visit to Madrid this past spring. This mosque was supposedly built in 999 and later converted to a Catholic church. This is much the same story as in Cordoba. The entree fee is €4 but it is also included on the tourist wristband for €12 for 7 ecclesiastical attractions. The interior has the Islamic architectural influence with Christian features added later. It also contains a lovely garden with commanding views of Toledo as well as part of the walls and gates of the old town. This building was one of the most interesting ones we visited during our trip to Toledo.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 17, 2024
  • MargaretPowell
    Melbourne, Australia1,565 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simple but Beautiful
    Worth a look as part of the tourist bracelet. This church built on a former mosque is so beautiful. There is a small garden and a terrace with views… and a gift shop where a lady was yelling and waving her arms at tourists who don’t speak much if any Spanish as you tried to enter. The only person I found in Toledo who clearly did not like their job!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 23, 2024
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AlfKalulu
Geneva20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Janet130764
Montevideo, Uruguay75 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Not worth the 5 Euros paid. Within the exuberance of all monuments in Toledo, this is a waste of time. You get to see a tiny one room mosque, although ancient and valuable with some frescos still visible and the "cristo de luz" in the center. The outside of the building is quite interesting and the view from the tiny garden overlooks towards the "Hospital de Tavera"
Written March 24, 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My wife and I took a day trip to Toledo during a visit to Madrid this past spring. This mosque was supposedly built in 999 and later converted to a Catholic church. This is much the same story as in Cordoba. The entree fee is €4 but it is also included on the tourist wristband for €12 for 7 ecclesiastical attractions. The interior has the Islamic architectural influence with Christian features added later. It also contains a lovely garden with commanding views of Toledo as well as part of the walls and gates of the old town. This building was one of the most interesting ones we visited during our trip to Toledo.
Written January 17, 2024
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efustok
Houston, TX1,306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Dear readers, when visiting Madrid you must take a day trip to Toledo…it’s honestly a fairy tale…I felt I was transported to a medieval time, and knights were going to start walking around the tiny streets. It was absolutely breathtaking…set on a hill, surrounded by the original walls, built as a fortress….with the river below. Then you happen to stumble upon this beautiful mosque, one of the oldest after Cordoba…we honestly had no clue it was there. I hadn’t done too much research before we went, I just knew from pictures I had googled that Toledo is a gem. So, this was a real treat…we went in, rented the guided tour, and are so glad we did. It gives you the history from the beginning to end when it became a church…just like Cordoba mosque, it has both Christian and Muslim history. It has a exceptional view as well…with a lovely garden that has a gentle water fountain that relaxes you, I just wanted to sit there and enjoy the breeze….a must visit when visiting Toledo…
Written July 29, 2023
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viajero5
Washington, DC315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
In a city full of sights and monuments, this was probably my favorite. It is small but beautiful and is certainly worth a visit. The surrounding garden was lovely and provided a nice view of one of the city gates and the city outside of the wall. The interior and exterior of the mosque are full of amazing details.
Written November 19, 2022
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MargaretPowell
Melbourne, Australia1,565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Worth a look as part of the tourist bracelet. This church built on a former mosque is so beautiful. There is a small garden and a terrace with views… and a gift shop where a lady was yelling and waving her arms at tourists who don’t speak much if any Spanish as you tried to enter. The only person I found in Toledo who clearly did not like their job!
Written January 23, 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,087 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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