Without a doubt, the Jewish Quarter of Toledo was the most influential in medieval times and today still holds an important place in Sephardic culture on the Iberian Peninsula. Mandatory visits include:
- Synagogue of El Tránsito or of Samuel Leví. A treasurer of Pedro I, King of Castile, misnamed “the Cruel One”. It is the most beautiful existing example of Mudejar art in Toledo.
- Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, formerly the Main Synagogue in Toledo until it was converted into a church at the end of the 14th century.
- Baths of El Ángel, the only surviving public bath in the Jewish Quarter from the medieval age.
- Franciscan Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Located in the Jewish Quarter. A visit here is essential to understanding the connection between the Catholic Monarchs (the monastery was created as their burial site), and the last moments experienced by the Jewish community in Spain before their expulsion by the aforementioned monarchs.
Duration: The walking tour will last around 3 hours – 3 hours and a half.
Panoramic: For those groups coming to Toledo with their own bus, the visit will include a panoramic tour to enjoy the wonderful views from the other side of the Tagus river. Regarding those individuals coming from Madrid by high speed train (AVE), the panoramic tour could be made by taxi (10 euros aprox.) from the Toledo Train Station.
Monuments: Every monument included in the tour will be thoroughly explained by the guide.
Contents: Even though the walking tour has a common thread (The Three Cultures, El Greco, the Jewish Quarter,…) I will make alussion to every simple and important aspect of the city: handycrafts, cultural heritage, evolution of the old town, festivities, etc.