Santa Maria la Blanca Sinagoga, Toledo

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    Sinagoga de Santa Maria La Blanca

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 15, 2012

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    This synagogue is one of the oldest continually occupied buildings in Europe. It was built beginning in 1203. The building is also referred to as St. Mary of the White. The inside of the building looks more like a mosque than it does a synagogue. Horseshoe arches dominate the building with a fantastic ceiling. The doors on the outside are extremely large and impressive with wood details that are very impressive.

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    by fachd Written May 28, 2009

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    Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue was founded in 1203. Architect named Mudejar designed and decorated the Synagogue. The colour inside is mainly white and it has many semi circle arches supported by pillars. Round windows are on the wall. The dark red floor is decorated with white dotted tiles. Compare to Toledo Cathedral the Santa Maria Synagogue is very plain, maybe is not elaborate decorated because it's place for worship.

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    by Jefie Written Aug 1, 2008

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    Santa Maria la Blanca is perhaps one of the best remaining symbols of "La Convivencia", the period of religious tolerance and cultural harmony that gave Toledo its nickname of "the city of three cultures". Located in a predominantly Christian country, the synagogue was designed and built by Moorish architects for the benefit of Toledo's Jewish community.

    Santa Maria la Blanca was built towards the end of the 12th century and for about 200 years, it was the main Jewish temple in Toledo. In 1405, it was converted into a Catholic church. Its beautiful Almohad architecture is more akin to a mosque than a synagogue or a church, which makes it all the more interesting, especially since its original style has been remarkably well preserved over the years.

    Because it isn't that big and there isn't that much to do inside except admire the architecture and read the few interpretive pannels, I thought the 3 Euros admission fees were a little steep. But because it holds such a special place in the history of Toledo, I'm really glad I got to see it first-hand. The synagogue is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:45 pm.

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    Sinogoga Santa Maria la Blanca

    by leplaya Written Oct 13, 2007

    This is one of three remaining Sinogogues left in Spain from the middle ages. It has a nice Moorish design, but it is just one large, pretty empty room. They try to make up for it by showing photographs of juderias in other Spanish cities, but it isn't very impressive. It costs 1.80 euro and I think even that is a little overpriced.

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    Sinagoga Santa Maria La Blanca

    by sirgaw Written Aug 31, 2007

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    Originally a Jewish Synagogue completed 1203 and converted to a Christian Church in the 1400's. The building was later used as a carpenter's workshop, a store, a barracks and, surprisingly, a refuge for reformed prostitutes.

    Beautiful curved arches are the real feature of this historic building.

    Admission charge and discount for seniors card holders.

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    Synagoges: Santa Maria la Blanca

    by Gaby_G Written Apr 13, 2004

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    Synagoge doors

    This building was a Synagoge, until 1405 when was converted into a cristian temple...
    There's no much to see inside, and I recommend you to stop and listen to a guide (or take your own) to understand the decoration (there are some jewish simbols still "hided" in there).

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    Este edificio fue una sinagoga, hasta 1405, siendo convertida en un templo cristiano.
    No hay mucho que ver dentro, personalmente te recomiendo que escuches la explicacion de algun guia, o lleves tu propia guia para entender la decoracion (hay algunos simbolos judios camuflajeados por ahi)

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    St. Maria La Blanca Synagogue

    by SirRichard Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    It is said that in the 12th century there were more than 10 synagogues in Toledo. After the 1391 riots against jews many of them were destroyed. After the jews expulsion out of Spain (15th century) the remaining ones were turned into catholic churchs.
    Nowadays, only 2 remain: this, from the 13th century, that can be visited (1,50 euros) and the "Transito", now turned into a museum.
    The interior is simple, with moorish-like archs and empty walls.

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    Santa Maria la Blanca Sinagoga

    by acemj Updated Dec 13, 2002

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    I didn't take the tour of this synagogue, but I peaked inside and it was interesting to see a jumble of columns supporting the white, decorative interior. It was founded in 1203 and built by Moorish craftsmen.

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    Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue

    by keeweechic Written Sep 7, 2009

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    The Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue was started in1203. It was designed was Mudejar architects who introduced the Islamic influence. Much of the original building still remains.

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    Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jul 11, 2005

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    This Synagogue turned Church shows the multicultural side of Toledo under Moorish rule. Toledo was once home to one of the largest populations of Jewish people in Spain.

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