El Transito Synagogue – Toledo

Synagog of el Transito -- Toledo
Synagog of el Transito - Toledo - interior with wooden ceiling in Mudéjar styleThe Synagogue Samuel ha-Levi in Toledo, now known as the Synogogue of El Transito and the Sephardic Museum, was first built in 1356, by Samuel ha-Levi Abulafia, treasurer to the Christian king of Castile and León, Pedro the Cruel. It’s an unusually large building given that it was a private family synagogue, and beautifully decorated in Islamic-style stucco work, similar to the Nasrid palaces of the Alhambra, with Hebrew and Arabic inscriptions, arches, and a Mudéjar wooden ceiling. Women were not allowed in the main gallery, but watched ceremonies from the women’s gallery above.

toledo-synagogue-7Synagog of el Transito - Toledo - Women's gallery overlooking the main hall, with wooden Mudéjar ceiling

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