Jewish Quarter
Jewish Quarter
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
Oct 2019
We continued our walk through the tangle of cobbled streets in La Juderia or the Jewry where at one time Jews had enjoyed a life that could celebrate their own culture. Throughout the old Jewish neighborhood, streets were marked with colorful symbols such as a menorah to lead the way, in addition, along these very narrow streets we saw homes marked with more Jewish symbols, that notes a Jew once lived here. On a corner wall I found a sign that read Ruta de Don Quijote. I later found that this is only a small portion of a 2,500 km route that is a network of historic paths, creeks and trails through 148 towns throughout Castilian La Mancha. What a fun walk that would be!
Written January 19, 2020
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
My wife and I took a day trip to Toledo during a visit to Madrid this past spring. Our guide told us about the history of Toledo and the influence of the Jewish community. I didn’t realize there was such a large population of Jews who lived in Spain for centuries before being banned in 1492. Our guide told us to look for the blue tiles which indicated you were in the Jewish Quarter.
Written January 16, 2024
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Benjamin W
Genoa, Italy727 contributions
Feb 2023
Our guide showed us many places in the historic center that were part of the Jewish heritage of Toledo. There are synagogues, the ritual bath and Jewish quarter. There are also street markers outlining areas and former places of historical significance.
Written February 24, 2023
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Howard M
La Jolla, CA36 contributions
Mar 2022
The view of the city is right out of El Greco. We had a great tour guide and walked all over the Jewish Quarter. The buildings are spectacular. Saw two historic synagogues, visited an Arab bathhouse, and ate marzipan cookies. As noted in another review, there are small blue tiles embedded in the street or walls with Hebrew lettering that indicates that you are in the Jewish Quarter.
Written April 17, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,655 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
A lovely part of the old town of Toledo that used to be the area allocated to Jewish people. Sadly there's no more Jews in the area that's to the zeal of the Catholic Monarchs. Lots of the museums and churches of Toledo are in this area, so you'll likely be here eventually for one reason or another. The area like much of the old town is exceedingly hilly and on a hot day, very tiring.

The Jewish Quarter is incredibly atmospheric with a medieval feel.
Written July 19, 2019
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JayLeeWoodlandHills
Woodland Hills, California15 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
In July 2014 we went to Spain and one of the places we wanted to visit was Toledo,
Spain. We wanted to learn more about the history of the Jews in that area. We found
Shlomo Hanoka (jewishtoledotour.com) (info@jewishtoledotour.com) on the internet.
We contacted him and he got back to us and together we planned our visit. We hadn’t heard anything about him but he seemed very personal, didn’t demand money up front and kept in communication with us for several months leading up to the trip. He let us know that the day we would be in town was available but we would need to go with another couple. He told us he would pick us up at our hotel and the other couple at their hotel and we would then head out to Toledo, Spain which is about an hour or less away. As promised it happened that way Shlomo coming on time and in his clean car. He is a licensed guide which made no difference to us but.. he really knows about the history of the Jews in Toledo and all the places to go and see. He was interesting to listen to and learn from and has researched and learned so much about this area on his own. He is pretty much self-taught, has his own website and does the tours himself. His service includes Shlomo as our guide, transportation there and back. The entrance fees to the various churches/former synagogues and museum were all extra on the tour. He is certainly knowledgeable about the history of Toledo as well as the Jews in Spain and I think he showed us things that we would have missed if we would have just gone on our own. We scheduled a full day trip and that is what we got. He also recommended a great restaurant for us to have lunch at. He will show you anything you want and knows a lot of Jewish history. On the streets in the Jewish old town he showed us inset ceramic tiles with the symbol for life (Hai) in Hebrew. He also helped us to find the local synagogue in Madrid where we attended Shabbat services that evening night since we were there on a Friday. Services were very interesting with lots of men and women in attendance. Would we recommend this company jewishtoledotour.com and Shlomo Hanoka the owner? Yes we would! He promised everything we were interested in and more and he provided everything he promised. We most certainly would and encourage you to go to Toledo, Spain. A beautiful scenic town which looks just like a picture post card.
Written August 12, 2014
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herb h
Highland Beach, FL157 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We spent 2 days with Shlomo visiting Toledo and Segovia.. His knowledge is extensive and he passes on the history with alot of details very clearly. It is obvious that he loves his subject and you will also appreciate Shlomo .. His english is perfect and he will answer all your questions and show you areas not in any guide book and you will gain an insight into what Jewish life was in ancient and middle age periods. He will also give you an overview of present day life for Jews in Madird where he lives. He is a very careful driver and is sensitive to all you needs.
Written December 1, 2014
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AnLil
965 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Near the Plaza del Salvador is the entrance to the largest Jewish quarter on the Iberian peninsula. A church called the Church of the Savior is now there atop the main Arab mosque; the Moors had scratched out the faces of the Christian Visigothic iconography. From there the cobblestone lanes widen to the Church of Santo Tome. There, you can follow the metal “Sefarad” plates (or chai) tiles on the path to the Jewish sites of interest, as also demarcated in Cordoba. The men’s white synagogue is located downhill, next to Linares antique store—opposite the cloister-monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes (which was built on the grounds of the Jewish slaughterhouse). The small synagogue was converted to a French church (Santa Maria “the White”) around 1407. It is in Almoad Moorish style, not caliphate 10th century as in Cordoba, nor Nasrid style as in Granada. The 5 naves contain capitals of pine cones. The upper frieze near the entrance has a Star of David, seen in the stained glass of the cathedral. The expulsion of Jews (starting with the pogroms of 1348) followed the Crusades and scapegoating in the 14th c...The rats that had led to 7 million killed around the Yellow River in China migrated, resulting in the Black Plague in Spain. Furthermore, the forced conversions at the turn of the 16th c. of both Jews and Moors diminished the local population. This Jewish area in Toledo is significant, because Cordoba’s synagogue (currently closed for renovations) and Segovia’s are virtually the only other “intact” remains of the earliest Jewish population on the Spanish peninsula. If you spend a day in Toledo, you can appreciate the history of the Jewish community that once thrived here. After taking a train one hour from Madrid’s Puerta de Atocha, I recommend hiring a guide. At the exit of Toledo station there are also “Toledo Pass” wristbands sold for 7 sites (€24) with guided tour and bus ride included, to/from the station. It will be about an hour’s hilly walk, mostly on cobblestones, from the point where the bus will drop off passengers far below Plaza Zodocover or town square (take the 6 escalators up and then hike)!
Written September 3, 2018
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JeroenBours
New York City, NY89 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
The municipality of Toledo, eager for tourists to visit will never say the following: there's hardly anything left to see of the once rich Jewish culture in Toledo. And the simple reason for this is that's it's too long ago. The church, more Roman in Spain than the in Italy has eagerly built churches and destroyed Jewish culture since the Inquisition. So for the last five and a half centuries, no one cared about preservation until only a few years ago. Visit Toledo and you will see something very strange; little 2 x 2 inch square tiles placed at the very bottom of houses and corners of streets. As if to say; take our word for it, they lived here, but we no longer have physical proof of it. There is the synagogue, hardly recognizable because of the little that is left. The interior has been excavated and some hebrew examples of painting has been restored, but the crucifix on top of the roof strongly reminds the world that history has been covered up to do away with historic achievements of any peoples other than the church. The rich contributions of the Moors have also only one place left, a few walls that are the remnants of a bath house. Meanwhile, you will break your neck over 9 churches. This trip made me actually very sad. Nothing left, and yet the national tourism bureau all to eager to promise a meaningful experience abusing their horrible inquisitional past. If this is on your list as a must do, please think twice. If you do make the trip, avoid visiting the tourism bureau; no one, and this is not a joke, no one inside speaks a word of English.
Written October 5, 2014
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igor_mansour
London, UK7 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
There should be a law, worlwide, that every person in the world must visit Toledo and the jewish quarter, at least once in their life. Jokes apart, this place is absolutely special. It sends us back in time, however a very special time when three cultures lived peacefully, prosperously, although for a short period of time, it shows us that it is possible and when it happens, some amazing things come out as a result, like the splendid city of Toledo. The sinagogue itself is a true statement to that amicable coexistance of people that were different, and in difference they found a great tool to thrive collectively. The synagogue was built by muslims in a christian town. Enough said. Hopefully by visiting it and appreciating that for maybe 100 to 200 years peace prevailed we can dream to have it once again in our times, in face of the horrible things happening these days in the heart of Europe.
Written July 27, 2016
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