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Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue

A place that you should not miss in Toledo is the synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, a unique place, full of beteliness and splendor

Santa María la Blanca is a temple located in the city of Toledo. Built in 1180 as a synagogue and, having been functioning as such for 211 years, it was expropriated and transformed into a church as a result of the pogrom of 1391.

At present the building belongs to the Catholic Church, but there is no worship in it. It is open to the public and functions as a museum or center in which cultural and educational activities are carried out.

It is a Mudejar construction, created by Moorish masons. Its architectural elements include white and smooth walls, made of brick, horseshoe arches and octagonal pillars, geometric decoration in the friezes and vegetable in the capitals of the pillars.

All these characteristics and the distribution of the spaces, with their ships formed by the succession of horseshoe arches supported by pillars, tend to remember the typical typology of a mosque.

In Santa Maria La Blanca stands out above all the incomparable beauty of its thirty-two pilasters, its capitals decorated with pineapple stems and scrolls in rhomboidal composition, among which there is no one that is the same as the other.

The synagogue is located on the western edge of the historic center of Toledo, in the Jewish quarter and approximately halfway between the famous church San Juan de Los Reyes and the other great preserved Toledo synagogue, known as del Transito .

Declared National Monument in 1930, at present it lacks any cult, it is visitable and it functions like museum and seat of temporary exhibitions.

Photo: Josedomiz