Synagogue of El Tránsito
Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 28 Jan 2020
El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum has a varied history within Toledo. Originally construction started in 1356, and it was a Jewish synagogue. Its most notable feature is its rich stucco decoration. The synagogue was designed to be a private house of worship for Samuel ha-Levi Abulafia, who had the synagogue connected to his property by a private gate. After anti-Jewish sentiments came about during the Black Plague, people of Jewish faith were expelled from Spain. At that time, the synagogue was converted into a church.
Today the El Transito Synagogue is the Sephardic Museum, a popular tourist attraction which did not feature this change until 1910. Visitors come to see this impressive example of Spanish Jewish art. The museum is closed on Mondays and features shorter operating hours during the winter months. There is a small admission fee to visit the museum, but they offer reduced admissions and children are admitted free.
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