Iglesia del Salvador

Iglesia del Salvador, Toledo

Iglesia del Salvador
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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Malgorzata
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It's an amazing place. It is a simple temple, but very beautiful. A small church with an amazing column from the Visigothic period. The church was built on the site of a Muslim mosque. Various architectural styles were used during the construction. The minaret was replaced with a belfry and the temple was rebuilt according to the Christian model. It is worth going down to the archaeological remains of the original mosque on which this church was built and go up the tower. A little gem of Toledo.
Written January 21, 2022
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TrueTexasTraveler
Amarillo, TX1,041 contributions
This is off the beaten path a little bit and there were very few people there when we visited. It's definitely worth stopping because you see how three different faiths used one building. First used by the Visigoths, there is an old column that is exposed with the Visigoth stone carvings depicting scenes from the Bible. Then you can walk underneath the building and see the remains of the mosque that stood on the sight when the Muslims took it over from the Visigoths. You can walk up the church's bell tower that once served as the mosque's minaret. Finally, you can see the intimate changes made by the Catholics once they took it over from the Muslims.
Written January 3, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,475 contributions
Solo
The mosque church of Iglesia del Salvador, is a church that dates all the way back to the 2nd century. First a Roman church, then Visigothic after the fall of the roman province, Converted to the use of a mose after the Moorish occupation first by the Umayyads in the 9th century, then a Taifa mosque in the 11th century, before finally converting back to a church some time after the reconquest of Toledo.

The interior of the church is a lovely blend of Mudejar, Visigothic and Gothic, with the remains of the first Roman church is preserved as an in-situ archaeological site. The supporting columns of the church are Visigothic and still have the decorative reliefs.

The entrance ticket also includes entry up to the bell tower, which provides good, if not spectacular views of the surrounding area. As it's not actually that high up and many of the surrounding buildings are higher.

Not an amazing visit in itself, but worth a look if you have time in Toledo.
Written July 20, 2019
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Nikola C
Dubrovnik, Croatia354 contributions
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City of Toledo consists of so many archeological layers made during more than two millenia long history. City was found in 2nd century BCE and grew as prosperous Roman town up to the begining of 5th century when it became capital city of Visigothic kingdom. Arab conquest in the begining of 8th century made it important fortress town till 1085, when after reconquista became one of Royal cities of Castille, which stayed up to modern times. Those layers were nowhere better to be seen than in Church of San Salvador, itself built on top of the oldest Mosque of Toledo of which today remain conserved courtyard with a well and horshoe arches of interior. Those arches are supported by ancient Roman capitals and one exceptional pilaster inserted in time when Castillan kings reconquered city and build the Church. Pilaster is unique example of Vizigothic stone art and represents scenes from life of Christ.

Over the last couple of decades, Church has been subject of several archeological research projects, among whose highlights are excavation of parts of Mosque`s minaret and revealing of underground Roman foundings. San Salvador is a must go for enthusiasts for archeology and history because there is so many things to explore (you can even climb on top of the tower bell) in this relatively small place of utmost historical importance. Entrance fee is 2.80 €
Written January 11, 2018
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Alison M
Maryland675 contributions
Couples
You can easily walk through this historical church (prior mosque) in under 1/2 hour. The best part for me was climbing to the tower and looking out over the lovely roofs of Toledo.

This church is one of the sights to visit if you choose to get a red bracelet. The bracelet saves you money and it makes it easy to get in and out of the sights quickly if you are pressed for time.
Written December 6, 2014
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Martina B
Munich, Germany589 contributions
Couples
A simple church thqt was a mosque before, some archeological remains are still there but really nothing impressive at all. You can as well skip it!
Written January 3, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL16,226 contributions
Family
One of the great thing about Toledo is the way you can see the layers of one civilization built on top of another. Nowhere is that more evident than Iglesia del Salvador. It this church you get to walk up and down. While the church itself has some interesting artwork, the real reason for your visit is to go below and see the foundations from the Romans, then the Visigoths, then the Moors with the columns capitals and arch. In the very rear you can climb to get a good look at the excavation in behind the church. Finally when leaving, my son and I saw the tower and we climbed. Unfortunately, aside from a good breeze, there was nothing to see as you are surrounded by taller buildings. This is also one of the 7 sites available for 9 Euro wristband.
Written August 3, 2017
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Couples
Savior Church was formerly a southeast mosque dating back to the 9th century. This simple church still maintains a Moorish atmosphere with lovely horseshoe arches. An early Christian pilaster depicts scenes from the life of Christ (His face scraped off by the Muslims). Ruins from the late Roman and Visigoth buildings can be viewed from a platform. It’s an easy climb up the tower built over the ancient minaret. This is another worthwhile stop on the Toledo tourist bracelet.
Written November 15, 2016
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LPWilliams
London, UK980 contributions
Solo
I visited the Church de El Salvador on a day-trip to Toledo, as part of my 7 full-day visit to Madrid, and enjoyed it a bit - it offers a pleasant, but, fairly restricted/low, view out onto the city 'skyline' from it's small tower.

Despite it being quite a small church, I was surprised to see that it did not have a dedicated attraction 'entry' webpage on TA, so I got it added and have now written this (what should be) inaugural review !

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I have compiled extensive individual Trip Advisor 'Trip Lists' for both my day-trips to Toledo and visit to see the sights of Madrid, they are entitled respectively 'Toledo Day-Trip from Madrid Oct 2013' and 'Madrid Attractions (+ Toledo/Segovia Day Trips) : 7 Full-Day Visit Oct 2013'. Please feel free to access them via my TA Profile (by clicking my TA 'name' below the photo on the left of this review) and links in each TL. I hope that they are of interest and use to you and that all of my individual reviews/photos/videos get posted properly; don't forget that videos aren't posted with the review like photos are, so it's best to locate them via my TA profile....
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Like most attractions in Toledo, it costs to visit the 'Church de El Salvador'. For my visit I had bought the good-value (EU8, available to buy from each attraction - it includes a useful city map) 'Toledo Tourist Wristband' (ticket), which adds 5 other attractions to the paid-for 'visit list', including the very worthwhile 'Iglesia de San Ildefonso (Jesuitas) which offers unbeatable, open and largely unobstructed long-distance views of the city skyline (see my review).

I will add info photos of the 'Toledo Tourist Wristband' to this review, along with example photos of the church interior (where flash-free photography is allowed) and rooftop views.

You can see a far amount of the outside of this old church and it is pleasant, if not exactly spectacular to look at. The inside is similarly small and pretty - being predominantly white with arched cloisters (differently 'columned' either side) and a nicely-decorated altar.

Climbing the small tower using the very narrow staircase one can gain a fairly restricted/low, view out onto the city 'skyline'.

The 'Church de El Salvador' has a pretty appearance and offers a pleasant skyline view from the tower and is likely to be a peaceful and worthwhile visit for most....
Written January 20, 2014
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
We passed the Mezquita-Iglesia de El Salvador, a twelfth century church built on an eleventh century Taifa mosque that turned into a Visigothic building. The current church is still oriented south-east in the direction of Mecca. From here our guided pointed to the Church of San Miguel, a Mudejar church founded by the Knights Templar, closer to the Tajo River.
Written January 19, 2020
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