Synagogue of Saint Mary the White

Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, Toledo

Synagogue of Saint Mary the White

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Almeria2000
Almeria, Spain327 contributions
Santa María La Blanca
Sep 2021
In the heart of the jewish quarter, this beautiful synagogue (Santa María La Blanca) provides an oasis of calm and tranquility (costs €3 per person)
Written September 6, 2021
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Ramona
Auckland Central, New Zealand481 contributions
Stunning
Nov 2020
Absolutely stunning historical site that has been very well kept. Yes it is only 1 room but it is so beautiful to step back into history and try to imagine what life was like back then.
Written August 28, 2021
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Detlef Z
65 contributions
Confined
Aug 2020 • Couples
A single room. The marketing team has done fabulous job in selling one room to tourists. Do not visit.
Written September 8, 2020
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FJGonzalezG
Bethesda, MD1,202 contributions
Astounding beauty
Feb 2020
Inside, the Synagogue of Saint Maria la Blanca is of unparalleled beauty and a must visit in Toledo. It was probably built in the late 12th century, under the Christian Kingdom of Castile by Islamic architects for Jewish use. It could be the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing.

The plain white interior walls, and the use of brick and of pillars are characteristics of Almohad architecture. Though constructed as a synagogue, it resembles a mosque and evokes tue awe-inspiring spirituality of the Mezquita in Cordoba. The synagogue was turned into a church in the 15th century and turned into the chapel of Santa María la Blanca, the current name, without significant alterations.
Written April 25, 2020
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,776 contributions
Europe’s oldest standing Synagogue
Sep 2019
During my visit the Toledo’s Jewish Quarter, I was most impressed by this building. This former synagogue which dates back to 1180AD is considered to be the oldest still standing synagogue. The use of the “white” in its name is very appropriate base on the various shades of white that cover the walls and pillars within the former synagogue. However the white palette is contrasted with gorgeous wood accents which form the ceiling and the tops of the pillars.

During my visit, I learned that this former synagogue is now owned and maintained by the Catholic Church. Indeed, a small chapel was added at the rear of the building when the Catholic Church acquired the former synagogue. The lone overt evidence of the Jewish history of this former synagogue is lone Star of David located at the top of one of the pillars.

This magnificent interior is a must see during a visit to Toledo.
Written April 7, 2020
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LauraR101
Pittsburgh, PA18 contributions
Beautiful
Feb 2020 • Family
Simple and minimalistic but very beautiful. Worth the visit. My 19 year old daughter was even impressed
Written February 29, 2020
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sandra n
Sun City, AZ1,281 contributions
Educational and Beautiful!
Sep 2019
Visited here as part of our city tour in the Jewish Quarter. We had a local professional guide to really educate us about the significance and historical aspect of this building, which I would definitely recommend here. I enjoyed the dramatic architecteral details inside, but the focus was on the story here.
Written February 3, 2020
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GR1725
Seville, Spain4 contributions
History
Jan 2020
The starkness of the setting is in contrast with the what you will achieve from taking the time to embrace the history and ambience of this setting. History comes alive when you stop and feel.
Written January 31, 2020
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia4,390 contributions
Synagogue of Saint Mary the White
Dec 2019
Impressive in it's simplicity and a statement of its time. Part of a one day tour with guide that clearly outlined the significance of this building to Jewish people of Spain.
Written January 7, 2020
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TrueTexasTraveler
Amarillo, TX1,002 contributions
See the 12th century Jewish architecture in Toledo
Mar 2019
Part of what makes Toledo so unique is how multiple faiths coexisted peacefully a thousand years ago, and that the buildings in which they practiced their faiths still exist. This is a unique opportunity for insight into how Jewish people in Toledo practiced their faith, along with the opportunity to see the changes made by the Catholics once they took over the building.
Written January 3, 2020
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