Toledo

The city of the three cultures

The old capital city of the Visigoths would become the headquarters of the translators school later on. This city has inspired many important artists such as El Greco or Ignacio Zuloaga.

Do you want to visit this place?

Things to do in Toledo normally involve the city’s historical sights such as the Cathedral and the Alcazar. You should spend here at least a couple of days visiting the numerous things this city offers. In case you had more time, you could also pay a visit to OcañaAranjuezGuadamur or Cabañeros Natural Park. In fact, Toledo’s city center has been declared a Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

We start our tour by entering into the city through the Bisagra’s Gate. It is the main entrance fate of the city, built upon the Muslim walls. We are now heading for Sol’s Gate, Mudejar in style, in order to finally reach Cristo de la Luz Mosque (999), which, even though it was remodelled by Christians, conserves the Muslim style. There are numerous churches in Toledo. If you like this type of tourism, you can visit them all. If not, we would recommend you just coming by a couple of them: San Ildefonso Church (it has an interesting bell tower), San Juan de los Reyes Monastery (located already in the Jewish Quarter), Santo Tomé Church (where the famous painting The Burial of the Count of Orgaz is held). Toledo has one of the best preserved Jewish Quarters in Spain. It has two incredible synagogues: Santa María la Blanca synagogue (12th century) and the Tránsito Synagogue (built by Samuel Leví in 1357), which houses the Sephardic Museum.

There are many museums in Toledo that are worth a visit: the Visigothic Museum is one of the oldest buildings in the city; Victorio Macho House-Museum, which houses several sculptures of the artist that gives name to the center; El Greco House Museum, which houses important works by the artist; Santa Cruz Museum (houses by Santa Cruz Hospital), which deals with archeology and fine arts; and the Army Museum (housed by the Alcazar). The Alcazar also houses the Castilla-La Mancha Library (the second most important library in Spain). It used to be the residence of King Carlos V.

Toledo has some bridges that need to be highlighted: San Martín and Alcántara. The City Hall Plaza houses the Archbishop’s Palace and the famous Cathedral. From here we can have access to the famous Zocodover Plaza.

Bisagra’s Gate

Santa María Cathedral (120x59x88) has French influence.  It is one of the most important cathedrals in Spain. It has several interesting things to see inside: the Mozarab Chapel, the three gates with religious motifs (Hell, Forgiveness and Last Judgement), some other interesting gates (the Clock Gate in the north façade, the Lions Gate, and Llana Gate), the Main Chapel and Sepulcro Chapel, the cloister, the Chapter House, several chapels such as San Ildefonso (plateresque), Santiago Chapel (1435), Reyes Nuevos Chapel (a plateresque work by Covarrubias in the early 16th century), the Sacristy (housing works by El Greco, Goya, Van Dyck) and the Cathedral Treasure.

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Catedral de Toledo
Alcázar de Toledo

Practical Data

Coordinates

39° 52′ 0″ N, 4° 2′ 0″ W

Distances

Ciudad Real 117 km, Ávila 133 km, Cuenca 182 km, Madrid 71 km

Altitude

583 m

Inhabitants

83.459 (2016)

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