Iglesia del Salvador
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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  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5,283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old church
    The Iglesia de El Salvador in Toledo, Spain was completed in 1159. Despite small, it has a remarkable structure due to its historical significance. The church is the result of four successive constructions, each built on top of the previous one. 
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe3,169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another church with a rich history
    We found this church almost by accident! We had some time till the departure of our bus and we wanted to see once again the famous painting by El Greco... We were very close but in the maze of narrow medieval streets, we failed to locate the San Tome church... Instead, we found something even better: this church with an incredible history! We could see the excavated remains of not one but three former churches built one over another in the very same spot. An Ummayad mosque was built here in the IX. century on the remains of a former Visigothic church. In the XI. century, that mosque was expanded into a Taifa mosque. The current Christian church was built over that mosque in the XII. century. The orientation of the church is still southeast in the direction of Mecca. The Visigothic horseshoe arches, pilasters and their capitals are also preserved in the nave. After seeing the archaeological remains, we were also able to climb to the top of the bell tower, the former minaret of the mosque. One very important person was baptised here: It was Princess Joanna of Castile, the daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, the future wife of the Habsburg prince Philip the Handsome and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V! She was called Joanna the Mad (Juana la Loca) but not because she was travelling throughout Spain with the coffin of his dead husband after his early death. That nickname was a tragic outcome of the power struggle between his father and his husband when she became Queen of Castille after the death of her mother! Both her father and her husband declared her mad...
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remarkable archaeological remains with a fascinating history
    Iglesia del Salvador was a surprising elevation of archaeological remains and a fascinating history. It is included on the tourist wristband which allows entry into 7 ecclesiastical attractions for 12 euros. My wife and I found this church to be the most interesting of the attractions. We didn’t expect to see the archeological ruins and discover the history behind them. It was first built during the Roman times and succeeded by the Visigoths. Then the Muslims built a mosque over it and subsequently the church which now occupies the spot. Do not miss this church when you are in Toledo.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,604 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden treasure found in the excavation
    The Iglesia de El Salvador church was completed in 1159. It is located in the Jewish quarter of Toledo. This Church is a hidden treasure. It was excavated and offers you the chance to walk through the subsoil of Toledo discovering the many secrets that it holds for you.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 26, 2024
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
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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Seeking True Quality
Europe3,169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We found this church almost by accident! We had some time till the departure of our bus and we wanted to see once again the famous painting by El Greco... We were very close but in the maze of narrow medieval streets, we failed to locate the San Tome church...

Instead, we found something even better: this church with an incredible history! We could see the excavated remains of not one but three former churches built one over another in the very same spot. An Ummayad mosque was built here in the IX. century on the remains of a former Visigothic church. In the XI. century, that mosque was expanded into a Taifa mosque. The current Christian church was built over that mosque in the XII. century. The orientation of the church is still southeast in the direction of Mecca. The Visigothic horseshoe arches, pilasters and their capitals are also preserved in the nave.

After seeing the archaeological remains, we were also able to climb to the top of the bell tower, the former minaret of the mosque.

One very important person was baptised here: It was Princess Joanna of Castile, the daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, the future wife of the Habsburg prince Philip the Handsome and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V! She was called Joanna the Mad (Juana la Loca) but not because she was travelling throughout Spain with the coffin of his dead husband after his early death. That nickname was a tragic outcome of the power struggle between his father and his husband when she became Queen of Castille after the death of her mother! Both her father and her husband declared her mad...
Written September 27, 2023
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jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The Iglesia de El Salvador in Toledo, Spain was completed in 1159. Despite small, it has a remarkable structure due to its historical significance. The church is the result of four successive constructions, each built on top of the previous one. 
Written August 20, 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Iglesia de El Salvador church was completed in 1159.

It is located in the Jewish quarter of Toledo.

This Church is a hidden treasure.

It was excavated and offers you the chance to walk through the subsoil of Toledo discovering the many secrets that it holds for you.
Written February 26, 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,805 contributions
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Jul 2019 • 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
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
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • 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, Germany593 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • 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, FL18,123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • 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, TX5,665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • 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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