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History

Synagogue Stamp. Francisco Pérez Bayer. De Toletano Hebraeorum Templo

The Sephardic Museum was created under the 1964 Decree , placing it in the most important Hispanic-Jewish building in Spain: The Synagogue of Samuel ha-Levi, or the Synagogue of Transit, located in the ancient Jewish quarter in Toledo. In 1968 the Sephardic Museum was declared a “National Museum of Hispanic-Jewish Art”. In 1969 the Synagogue of Transit split with the Vega-Inclán Foundation (the agency that had managed it since the beginning of the 20th century), starting its own path towards becoming an independent center.

On June 13th, 1971, the museum opened its doors to the public. The rooms of the museum now occupy the spaces of the ancient archives of the military orders of Calatrava and of Alcántara. Salto de línea Now, it’s a state museum that conserves and conveys the Hispanic-Jewish and Sephardic legacy, organizationally located under the General Department of State Museums of Education, Culture and Sports.

As stated by Paul Veyne, in his work Palmyre, l´irremplacable tresor: "Only knowing your own culture is like blindly living" (ICOM news, 2015)

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