Located in the El Transito synagogue an unrivalled place of worship in Spain. The skill of the best Mudejar builders of the kingdom of Castile is evident in the meticulous decor of the prayer room. This is the most spectacular room in the complex, which also retains the women's gallery and the rooms of the Talmudic school. The synagogue was built between 1355 and 1357 under the auspices of King Pedro I the Cruel, and is also known by the name of Samuel Levi, in honour of the man who was mainly responsible for the project. The museum offers a broad view of Jewish history in Spain from Roman times to the present day. It houses some items of great value, such as the fifth century pileta trilingüe de Tarragona (three-tongued font of Tarragona), the medieval gravestones in the garden of memory, and the archaeological remains of what may have been the mikve or Jewish ritual bath. The former women's gallery now houses a re-creation of the Jewish holiday cycle and information about the Sephardim, who were dispersed through half the world in the diaspora.
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