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Synagogue of Saint Mary the White

Particularly ornate, this church stands out from others in the city. Tour this magnificent building which is geographically and spiritually central to the area.

The Synagogue of Saint Mary the White is one of the most interesting sites in the Jewish Quarter in Toledo. Let the reflection of light off interior white surfaces give you an uplifting feeling of hope and peace, as it often does for visitors of any faith.

Although the construction date is debated, the synagogue may have been founded in the 13th century, with extensive renovations in the following century. A previous building erected on the site in the 11th century was likely destroyed by fire. This earlier structure was built under the rule of King Alfonso VIII who was sympathetic to the Jewish faith and its followers. Enter Toledo’s main synagogue to be greeted by a forest of white columns embellished with ornate capitals as they rise to form a series of arches. 

In the 15th century the site became known as Santa María la Blanca (Saint Mary the White), but it was not always strictly a church. Over the years, it was used as a convent for repentant women, a military barracks for the infantry and a warehouse for riches belonging to varied ruling powers. 

Appreciate the synagogue as a prime example of Mudéjar architecture, which blends Moorish, Jewish and Christian elements of building styles. This type of architecture, prominent in Toledo’s Jewish Quarter as well as elsewhere on the Iberian Peninsula, demonstrates the co-existence of these religions in the Middle Ages. Step inside to see the artistic architectural features. 

Five naves are separated by eight-sided columns supporting horseshoe-shaped arches. The floor has been redone several times since the original, while some sections still show ancient ceramic parts.

Find Synagogue of Saint Mary the White in the central portion of the Jewish Quarter just east of the Tagus River. It is open daily, except select holidays, and has an admission fee. Admission is free for children under 10 years old. Come on Wednesday evenings for free entrance for all.


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