Synagogue of Saint Mary the White

Synagogue of Saint Mary the White

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  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,846 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful synagogue, but we saw it only from outside...
    Our next stop was in front of the important Sinagoga de Santa María La Blanca. Our guide told us that it was built in the late XII. or early XIII. century and some scholars believe that this is the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing. It was constructed in a Mudejar style by Moorish architects. It was later converted to a Catholic church in the XV. century after a pogrom. Now it is a museum. The visit to the synagogue was not scheduled so we could not see the interior and the characteristic white arches... Maybe next time!
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • johnmodesto
    Modesto, California746 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and magnificent historic synagogue
    This is a unique building as other reviewers have observed. It's old and the architectural style is unique and beautiful. Though built as a synagogue it resembles a mosque. You only need to spend 15 minutes here, the decoration and design are delightful. The garden and patio around the building are relaxing and lovely. 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 October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, Washington562 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special Synagogue
    Another wonderful Synagogue to visit in the Jewish quarter. Inexpensive to visit and relatively small. The interior architecture is to behold and makes you appreciate what those with artistic skills are able to accomplish. Was not the same level of security as the El Transito Synagogue which was interesting given the world events ongoing. Very peaceful place to visit and appreciate the time and effort to create. Would definitely return again in the future. Enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,731 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest Synagogue still standing in Europe
    We visited the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca whilst in Toledo and its located in the Jewish Quarter. There is a nominal entrance fee. It is a museum and former synagogue dating back to around the late twelfth to early thirteenth century. It is considered the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing and was converted to a Catholic church in the early 15th century. Worth visiting but the interior is not furnished so quite sparse.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 7, 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful synagogue
    The Synagogue of Saint Mary the White is a beautiful synagogue/church in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Toledo. It is known for its stunning white and gold arches. It is one of the only old synagogues left in Spain and it is definitely worth seeing!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient synagogue building!
    Built in the 12th or 13th century, the Synagogue of Saint Mary the White is considered by many to be the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe. Interestingly, the building was converted to a Christian church in the 15th century. It is now open only as a museum. It exhibits interesting architecture incorporating elements of Moorish style.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2024
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sheepygold
london5,392 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
I have been here before but had forgotten how little there is to see. It is one room which you can see in 5 minutes max but it's not just there is very little to see but there is almost no explanation of the history. It just isn't worth the 4 Euro entrance fee when for instance the El Greco museum is an hour with masses to see for just 3 Euros.
Written March 29, 2023
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The synagogue is located in the Jewish quarter of Toledo. Very architecturally beautiful interior. The synagogue was built at the turn of the 12th / 13th century in the Mudejar style. In 1405, the faithful from the nearby parish of Santiago de Arrabal seized the synagogue and converted it into the Church of Santa María la Blanca. The name came from the white color of the walls. The building is not very large, very well-kept, with moderation in its ornamentation, and enchants with its simplicity. It doesn't take long to see it, but it's definitely worth seeing.
Written April 24, 2022
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Sarah
Geneva, Switzerland1,065 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Beautiful building in the former Jewish quarter of Toledo.
Entry ticket included in the « Tourist bracelet », including 7 attractions and sold for EUR 10. Single entry tickets to synagogue can of course be bought individually.
Built in the Mudéjar style, then converted into a church. Marvelous pillars standing out against the white walls. Very peaceful atmosphere.
Written May 11, 2022
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johnmodesto
Modesto, CA746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a unique building as other reviewers have observed. It's old and the architectural style is unique and beautiful. Though built as a synagogue it resembles a mosque. You only need to spend 15 minutes here, the decoration and design are delightful. The garden and patio around the building are relaxing and lovely. Entrance is 4 euros, the better deal is to buy the tourist wristband for 12 euros, which allows you to visit 7 ecclesiastical attractions.
Written November 1, 2023
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.

RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA562 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Another wonderful Synagogue to visit in the Jewish quarter. Inexpensive to visit and relatively small. The interior architecture is to behold and makes you appreciate what those with artistic skills are able to accomplish. Was not the same level of security as the El Transito Synagogue which was interesting given the world events ongoing. Very peaceful place to visit and appreciate the time and effort to create. Would definitely return again in the future. Enjoy.
Written November 4, 2023
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.

Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Built in the 12th or 13th century, the Synagogue of Saint Mary the White is considered by many to be the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe. Interestingly, the building was converted to a Christian church in the 15th century. It is now open only as a museum. It exhibits interesting architecture incorporating elements of Moorish style.
Written May 18, 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.

Jack
Old Bethpage, NY3,126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Synagogue of Saint Mary the White is a beautiful synagogue/church in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Toledo. It is known for its stunning white and gold arches. It is one of the only old synagogues left in Spain and it is definitely worth seeing!
Written March 10, 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.

Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,731 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca whilst in Toledo and its located in the Jewish Quarter. There is a nominal entrance fee.

It is a museum and former synagogue dating back to around the late twelfth to early thirteenth century.

It is considered the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing and was converted to a Catholic church in the early 15th century.

Worth visiting but the interior is not furnished so quite sparse.
Written February 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.

Seeking True Quality
Europe4,846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Our next stop was in front of the important Sinagoga de Santa María La Blanca. Our guide told us that it was built in the late XII. or early XIII. century and some scholars believe that this is the oldest synagogue in Europe still standing. It was constructed in a Mudejar style by Moorish architects. It was later converted to a Catholic church in the XV. century after a pogrom. Now it is a museum.

The visit to the synagogue was not scheduled so we could not see the interior and the characteristic white arches... Maybe next time!
Written September 26, 2023
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.

Patty B
Nashville, TN1,439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples

We toured the synagogue with a private guide. So much history in this beautiful structure located in the Jewish Quarter.

The horseshoe pillars are a true work of art. Our guide told us how it became a Christian church and showed us one of the last remaining symbols to the Jewish faith. Well worth a visit.
Written July 2, 2023
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.

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