Sinagoga de Santa Maria La Blanca
Calle de los Reyes Católicos 4, Toledo, Spain
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Sinagoga de Santa Maria La Blanca Toledo Reviews
Cross-Culturalism in the Mudejar Era Sep 29, 2013
The Sinagoga de Santa María la Blanca is a fascinating example of peaceful coexistence in the Middle Ages. The synagogue was constructed ca.1180-1205 under the Christian Kingdom of Castile by Islamic architects for the use of their Jewish neighbors. Originally the Ibn Shushan Synagogue, or commonly "The Congregational Synagogue of Toledo'". It was a symbol of religious cooperation, though the building became a Catholic church in the 15th century. (The church took the name Santa María la Blanca.) By the 18th century it had devolved into a barracks and storehouse.
The synagogue/church has been restored to show both sides of its heritage. The nave is divided into five aisles by four rows of columns. The horseshoe columns are typical of Mudéjar (Iberian Islamic) design. Islamic scrollwork forms the capitals of the columns and continues in the architrave. Three Plateresque style apses were later added on conversion to a church. The exterior is fitted with wood paneling.
A really interesting example of diverse communities living side by side and helping one another. Much can be learned here.
Admission is 2.50 Euros.
Part of the Spain 2013 travel blog
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