Santa María la Blanca Synagogue Tours

Historically, Toledo is noted in Spain for having once flourished as a cultural crossroads, with three religions – Judaism, Islam and Christianity – coexisting together peacefully. And there is perhaps no better physical representation of this time than the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue. Claimed to be the oldest synagogue in Europe, it was built during Christian times by Moorish architects for Jewish use.

You can see this complex intersection of history and styles all represented in the small space. For example, there are the Mudejar horseshoe arches, the 16th-century Christian altarpiece, and the layout, which, while it has elements reminiscent of a mosque, was constructed as a synagogue. Though its original purpose was, of course, to be a synagogue, come the early 14th century, it was converted into a church, serving various purposes since. The space may be small and simple compared to some of Toledo’s grander sights, but there’s certainly more than meets the eye here in terms of history, making it a worthwhile place to see and contemplate.

Practical Info

The synagogue is located in the Jewish quarter, which sits in the western part of the old town. If you plan on visiting the synagogue and other popular attractions, consider buying a pulsera turística (tourist wristband), which gains you discounted access to 6 of the city’s top sights. Wristbands can be purchased at attraction entrances.
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Address: Calle Reyes Católicos 2, Toledo, Castilla La Mancha 45002, Spain
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Hours: May 1st to October 30th: 10 a.m.-6:45 p.m.; October 31st to April 30th: 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
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Admission: €2,50
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Toledo Green Pass

Toledo is an ancient city that’s rich in famous landmarks. See the city’s top highlights, and secure admission in advance, when you book a Green Pass. With the wristband, you’ll have access to eight of Toledo’s most popular destinations, including the Toledo Cathedral, the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and the Church of Santo Tomé. The Green Pass also includes tours at six of the venues, plus a guidebook and map.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Toledo Monumental Tres Culturas

Rather than rushing through the historic city of Toledo, join this walking tour that allows you time to fully soak up its history and culture. As you stroll through its atmospheric streets, get insights from your guide into its buildings, which, unusually, include two synagogues and two mosques dating from the Middle Ages.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Toledo City with Flamenco Show Special Combo

Take a whirl through Toledo, one of Spain’s most picturesque cities, during this 7.5-hour sightseeing tour and evening Flamenco show. Walk the ancient streets of Toledo as you visit the Primate Cathedral, Jewish Quarter and the famous El Greco painting in the Church of St. Tomé. Continue with a scenic bus tour and a visit to a ‘damascening’ metalwork factory. Cap it all off with an evening Flamenco performance at Madrid’s Tablao Flamenco Torres Bermejas. Hotel pickup for the Toledo tour, plus round-trip hotel transport for the Flamenco show and a complimentary drink, are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Toledo Guided Half Day and Madrid Segway Tour

Combine an exploration of Toledo with a Madrid tour by Segway on this 7-hour visit to two of Spain’s most famous cities. Check out Toledo landmarks like the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the Jewish Quarter, and Church of St. Tomé. Then travel back to Madrid, where you’ll spend 90 minutes discovering city sights like the Plaza de España, Royal Palace, and Plaza Mayor.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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