Traffic Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, exhibition of Jewish culture in Toledo


Ceiling coffered ceiling in the Synagogue of the Transit in Toledo

One of the great attractions of yourToledo excursion, in thesurroundings of Madrid, is the possibility of seeing the conjunction of large monuments of the three cultures (Christian, Jewish and Muslim).

And one of the Essential visits in Toledo is undoubtedly the Transit Synagogue.

This is what is considered the main monument of Jewish culture in that city, because the building also houses the Sephardic museum.

Traffic Synagogue in Toledo

You should know that the Transit Synagogue It is also known by the name of Samuel Ha-Levi Synagogue, the Jew in 1355 commissioned its construction as an oratory of a large palace that he owned on the banks of the Tagus river.

All information in detail

  • History Synagogue Transit in Toledo
  • What to see in the visit of the Transit Synagogue
  • Sephardic Museum in Toledo
  • Transit Synagogue Schedules
  • Toledo three cultures tour
  • USEFUL TIPS for your TRIP

History Synagogue Transit in Toledo

Of that palace the only thing that has survived is precisely the current one Transit Synagogue.

Later, in 1492 the Catholic kings they granted the building to Military Orders of Calatrava and Alcantara, with what happened to be a Christian church, as well as an archive of these orders and a cemetery for Christian gentlemen.

his Transit name it came from that, during the seventeenth century, on the altar of the church there was a picture of the Assumption of the Virgin, so the temple began to be known as that of the Transit.

Traffic Synagogue in Toledo

During the time of Napoleon, the building became a military barracks, so it was very damaged, but in 1877 it was declared National Monument and its restoration began.

Finally, in 1971 the old synagogue was opened to visits already converted into a Sephardic museum.

The Transit Synagogue you find it to the southwest of the city, in the old Jewish quarter of Toledo, and in front of a viewpoint oriented to Tagus river.

What to see in the visit of the Transit Synagogue

Outwardly you will not see anything that makes you think that you are facing a Jewish synagogue, as it is an austere brick building seen, with a usual bell tower in parish churches.

Traffic Synagogue in Toledo

But when you access the interior of the Transit Synagogue you are facing a imposing lounge high-rise, in which the first thing that will call your attention is its exquisite wood paneling.

In your quiet walk through this great room you will see on the walls Mudejar style plasterwork of great beauty, with the characteristic decorations of plant forms of Muslim art.

On a higher floor you find theWomen's Balcony habitual in the synagogues.

Sephardic Museum in Toledo

It is in the northern part of the building, on the facade that overlooks the north patio, where you find three rooms in which the Sephardic museum collection.

Sephardic Museum in the Transit Synagogue in Toledo

I remind you thatthe Sephardim they are the descendants of the Jews who lived in Spain and were expelled by the Catholic kings.

Your communities can now be found in countries like Israel, France and Turkey.

And don't be surprised if during your visit to this ancient synagogue you find members of these communities making their own visit in memory of their ancestors.

In the interesting collection of the museum you can see archaeological remains and characteristic objects of life and Sephardic Jewish culture from Spain.

The Visit of the Transit Synagogue and the Sephardic Museum of Toledo largely reminded me of the Old Synagogue, which I had the opportunity to meet in the Jewish Quarter of Krakow, in Poland.

Sephardic Museum in the Transit Synagogue in Toledo

Transit Synagogue Schedules

The visiting hours of the Transit Synagogue they are, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. (until 6 p.m., from October to February); and on Sundays and holidays, from 10 to 15 hours.

Mondays are closed for visits, as well as January 1 and 6, May 1 and December 24, 25 and 31.

Transit Synagogue ticket prices

He price of admission It is 3 euros, and admission is free for children under 18, seniors +65, Young Card holders, university students between 18 and 25 years, people with disabilities, retirees and unemployed.

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Sephardic Museum in the Transit Synagogue in Toledo

All the public can visit the Transit Synagogue and Sephardic museum for free Saturdays from 2 pm and Sundays, as well as on April 18, May 18, October 12 and December 6.

Toledo three cultures tour

Before visiting the Transit Synagogue on your own, you can have a first glimpse of the essence of the city by joining the Toledo three cultures tour.

In this guided tour in Spanish With a duration of two hours a specialized guide will accompany you on the visit of three key monuments of the city.

Specifically, the Mosque of Christ of the Light, the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and the Santo Tomé church, in which you will see the famous painting of El Greco, The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz.

And if you are traveling in Madrid, here you can sign up for a Full-day Spanish tour to Toledo With a duration of eight hours in which you can visit the main monuments of the historic city of the three cultures.