Located in central Spain, 70kms south of Madrid, Toledo is steeped in history and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The city stands on a granite hill surrounded on three sides by the Tagus River.
SIGHTS TO SEE
The Alcazar Fortress
Located in the highest part of town, overlooking the city. Built in the 16th century, burned down by the French in 1810 and restored as a military college in 1882. It is now home to a museum on the Civil War.
Castillo de San Servando
A medieval castle next to the banks of the Tagus river and was originally built as a monestary in 1088. In 1874 it was named a national monument.
The Gothic Cathedral
Dating from the 13th century, the cathedral is considered one of the greatest Gothic structures in Europe. The cathedral is home to a spectacular baroque high altar and paintings by El Greco.
Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes
Founded by King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Toro (1476) over the army of Afonso V of Portugal.
Santa Maria la Blanca
The oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing, now owned by the Catholic Church. Located in the old Jewish quarter of Toledo, the synagogue was built at the end of the 12th century and was converted into a church of the Order of Calatrava at the start of the 15th century.
Synagogue de el Transito
Founded by Samuel ha-Levi in 1356, the synagogue became a church in 1492 after the expulsion of the Jews from the city. Today it is part of the Sephardi Museum which explores the Jewish culture of Medieval Toledo.
Church of Santiago del Arrabal
Dating back to the 12th century the church is built in the Mudejar style. The church is home to a beautiful wooden ceiling and an ornate gothic Mudejar pulpit.
Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz
Dating back to the 10th century, this small former mosque is located in a park above the northen ramparts of the city. It is the only surviving mosque in Toledo.
Museo de El Greco
This is a house-museum which was designed as a recreation of the artist’s home and is home to several important paintings.
Iglesia de Santo Tome
Santo Tome was built in the 14th century in the Mudejar style and is home to El Greco’s famous painting The Burial of Count Orgaz.
Church of San Roman
This 13th century Mudejar church is home to the Museum of the Councils and Visigoth culture.
The Renaissance Museo-Hospital de Santa Cruz
Built in the 16th century as a hospital, it is now a museum housing paintings by El Greco, Zurbaran and Ribera.
The above are just a few of the historic sights to see when you visit Toledo. There are always cheap holidays available to Spain, why not take advantage and visit Toledo whilst holidaying in Spain, you won’t be disappointed!
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