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Abstract~The Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca is in the heart of the old Jewish quarter of the city of Toledo. It was built at the end of the 12th century and was given its current name when it was converted into a church of the Order of Calatrava at the beginning of the 15th century. The synagogue was designed and decorated by Mudejar architects and the Islamic influence is readily apparent. The white interior features graceful horseshoe arches, ornamental horizontal moldings, and a forest of pillars supporting capitals of enchanting filigree workmanship. Reflecting the synagogue's later use as a church is a fine 16th-century altarpiece at the end of the center aisle.
Location: Province of Toledo, Autonomous Community of Castile-La Mancha.
DateBuilt in late 12th century; converted into a church in the 15th century; altarpiece from the 16th century
TypeArchitecture and City Planning
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