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Beautiful internal space, once a synagogue and now Christian. You need the audio commentary as there are few written explanations. Worth seeing from a historical perspective. Would have liked to know more about it however, even with the commentary.
Erected in 1180, according to an inscription on a beam, this is said to be the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing. It is now owned and preserved by the Catholic Church as a museum, although there is little information for visitors. The stark...More
There will be lots of history associated with this building, but we were none the wiser. Now run the by Catholic Church, it does seem odd that there is no explanation given as to why this is the case. €2.80 to pay entrance to an...More
We had a private Jewish tour of Toledo. The history of Jews in Toledo is astounding. According to our guide, Romans brought approximately 80,000 Jews to Spain as slaves. About 10% of Toledo's population of 300,000 were Jewish at one time. They lived there for...More
The most striking aspect of this structure is the array of beautiful white columns topped with the horseshoe shaped arches. I found it fascinating that the synagogue was originally built by a Muslim who was sympathetic to Jews during the reign of a Christian, a...More
The people have saved their heritage in a building that has formed the task of being a Synagogue, a Mosque and a Church at different times in its history. While we believe we have a tolerant society now, this city of Toledo epitomizes epitomizes true...More