Casa del Judío, Toledo

Historic Building in Toledo

Casa Del Judío, Toledo
CC BY-SA 4.0 / Rafael Tello

The Jewish House (Casa del Judío) is a significant historical site located in the heart of Toledo’s Jewish quarter in Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries, this building holds special interest due to its unique features.

The courtyard of the Jewish House is adorned with intricate yeserias, or carved plasterwork, providing a stunning display of craftsmanship. However, the most notable aspect is the basement, which is believed to have served as a Jewish liturgical bath or mikveh. The mikveh was used for spiritual purification and preparation for important events in the life of a Jew. During restoration work in adjacent rooms, archaeologists uncovered Almagra-style hydraulic plastering and a cistern, supporting the hypothesis about the basement’s purpose as a mikveh.

One of the most intriguing elements in the Jewish House is a piece of wood used as a lintel for access to the basement. It features intricate carvings of floral motifs, tympanums, and scrolls, along with an epigraphic inscription that reads, “Thanks I give you because you have answered my prayers.” This inscription is associated with verses 21 of Psalm 18: “Here is the door of Yahveh, through which the righteous come in. Thanks I give you because you have answered my prayers and it has been my salvation.” This text signifies that the interior of the house welcomes all those who are faithful and pure.

The Jewish House stands as a compelling site for archaeologists and those interested in Toledo’s Jewish history, offering a fascinating glimpse into the religious practices and cultural heritage of the city’s Jewish community during the medieval period.


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Visiting Casa del Judío, Toledo

Address: Casa del Judío, Travesía Judería, c, Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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