Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz

sights / Religious

Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz information

Location
Toledo , Spain
Address
Calle del Cristo de la Luz
Prices
€2.50
Opening hours
10am-2pm & 3.30-5.45pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5.45pm Sat & Sun
Something wrong?
Submit a correction

On the northern slopes of town you'll find a modest, yet beautiful, mosque (the only one remaining of Toledo's 10) where architectural traces of Toledo's medieval Muslim conquerors are still in evidence. Built around AD 1000, it suffered the usual fate of being converted into a church (hence the religious frescos), but the original vaulting and arches survived.

According to local legend (which explains the mosque's unusual name), when Alfonso VI conquered Toledo for the Christians in 1085, his horse stopped outside the mosque and refused to continue. Closer investigations revealed a statue of Christ with its oil lamp apparently still burning more than three centuries after it was left there…