Synagogue of Saint Mary the White

Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, Toledo

Synagogue of Saint Mary the White

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sandra n
Sun City, AZ1,281 contributions
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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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,817 contributions
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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FJGonzalezG
Bethesda, MD1,227 contributions
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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Detlef Z
65 contributions
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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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I visiting this synagogue because it was a recommended part of the itinerary for Toledo. This building is a synagogue built in the Almohad style of Mudejar. The interior has all the hallmarks of Mudejar, with it's columns connected by horseshoe arches, elaborate carvings above the columns and intricate geometric wood panels decorating the ceilings.

Sadly, the museum it literally just one room and even that looks more like the prayer room of a mosque than a synagogue, as the building is missing the usual women's gallery on the upper floor.

Don't get me wrong, the room is pretty. You could get through the synagogue in 5 minutes, so it's a bit over-prices at €3.
Written July 19, 2019
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WelshToro
Birmingham, UK163 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
There are so many ignorant and idiotic reviews about about this synagogue that I have to respond. The very same ignorance is displayed in the reviews of Toledo's Crista de la Luz Mosque. For those that think 2.50 euros (the price of a glass of poor wine) is too expensive a fee I recommend they consider the following.

Toledo is a remarkable city and is has always been seen as the spiritual home of Spain. This absolutely enchanting building reinforces this belief. Santa Maria de la Blanca is a Mudejar building, which is to say that it was built by Islamic architects or architects inspired by Islamic architecture. So what we have is a synagogue built in the Islamic style during a period of Christian rule.

When you visit this synagogue you are visiting and witnessing something unique in this world. It was constructed in 1180 and is therefore claimed to be the oldest surviving synagogue in Europe. It is also one of the finest surviving examples of Almohad architecture to be found anywhere. It's classic Mudejar with very fine examples of the signature horseshoe arches. It ceased being a synagogue in the fifteenth century and that explains the change of name to its current status. For the film buffs out there you should keep an eye out for Santa Maria la Blanca in the classic film of El Cid.

Anyone interested in history, particularly Jewish history, should visit this place. It is a spiritual space with sensational architecture. Anyone wanting bells and whistles might as well not bother coming here. Toledo's other remaining synagogue, El Transito, is a must see attraction as well. I would also encourage people to simply walk around the old streets in the Jewish quarter and try to stimulate their imagination. This is link to a very special past and visitors to Toledo should do well to remember that.
Written June 22, 2015
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j l
New York City, NY2,152 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
Inside is picturesque. They lighted up inside very nicely, so picture comes out fantastic. You can see the star of David if you know where to look for. My tour guide showed me where it was, but it would be hard to find if you don't know where to look.
Written January 7, 2017
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OTT12
London322 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Interesting religious building which can confuse the visitor with a name as this.
In the Jewish sector of Toledo built built in a moorish style it was the oldest synagogue in the city.
It past through all 3 major religions as a place of worship and now is just a item to visit
Excellent Moorish colonnades and still retaining elements of its past changes.
Worth a visit part of a walking tour of the city.
Written April 28, 2019
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Schuyler P
Chicago, IL145 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
While there isn't much to this site (that is, it isn't very extensive), I found it worth the inexpensive entrance fee to visit. This is a structure that has been standing for centuries and has seen a lot of people and a lot of events. It's a quiet contemplative space with a pretty little garden once you step into the walls of the structure, before entering the actual synagogue. Be sure to look down at the floor too, as there's some lovely tile work in this building.
Written May 26, 2018
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Dizy58
Adelaide, Australia148 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
This old synagogue is a peaceful place to visit. To see what has been restored is amazing. The Jewish history has been displayed thoughtfully and respectfully.
Written April 24, 2018
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