Castile–Leon and Castile–La Mancha Sights

Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz (Mosque of Christ of the Light)

  • Cuesta de Carmelitas Descalzos 10 Map It
  • Toledo
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/18/2015

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This mosque-chapel is nestled in a park above the city's ramparts. Originally a tiny Visigothic church, the chapel was transformed into a mosque during the Moorish occupation. The Islamic arches and vaulting survived, making this the most important relic of Moorish Toledo. The chapel got its name when Alfonso VI's horse, striding triumphantly into Toledo in 1085, fell to its knees out front (a white stone marks the spot). It was then discovered that a candle had burned continuously behind the masonry the whole time the Muslims had been in power. Allegedly, the first Mass of the Reconquest was held here, and later a Mudejar apse was added. Archaeological excavations are underway to reveal the remnants of a Roman house in the yard nearby.

Sight Information

Address:

Cuesta de Carmelitas Descalzos 10, Toledo, 45003, Spain

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Phone:

925-254191

Sight Details:

  • €2.50
  • Mid-Oct.–Feb., daily 10–2 and 3:30–5:45; Mar.–mid-Oct., daily 10–2 and 3:30–6:45

Published 08/18/2015

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