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Toledo Cathedral

Toledo Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo, also called Primate Cathedral of Toledo, Spain, seat of the Archdiocese of Toledo, is one of the three 13th century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered to be the magnum opus of the Gothic style in Spain.
It was begun in 1226 during the reign of Ferdinand III and the last Gothic contributions were made in the 15th century when, in 1493, the vaults of the central nave were finished, during the times of the Catholic Monarchs. It was modeled after Bourges Cathedral, although its five naves plan is the consequence of the constructors' intention to cover all of the sacred space of the former city mosque with the cathedral, and of the former sahn with the cloister. It also combines some characteristics of the Mudéjar style, mainly in the cloister, and with the presence of multifoiled arches in the triforium. The spectacular incorporation of light and the structural achievements of the ambulatory vaults are some of its more remarkable aspects. It is built with white stone from Olihuelas, close to Toledo.
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Church of Santo Tome - The Burial of Lord of Orgaz

Church of Santo Tome  - The Burial of Lord of Orgaz
The main attraction of this little church is the "The Burial of Lord of Orgaz" painting by El Greco. This painting shows San Esteban and San Agustin after the death of Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, Lord of Orgaz, who appeared to bury him. The painting is divided in two parts: the lower part depicts the portrait of earthly life while the top part shows the heavenly and divine elements. Some things about this painting: El Greco is the bearded gentleman in the middle with the Red Cross and two hands extended; in the handkerchief of the boy you will see its signature; the only woman between more than 50 figures is Virgin Mary and most of the famous characters of Greco's Toledo are portrayed in the painting.
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Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz

Toledo Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz
The Mosque of Christ of the Light or Mezquita de Cristo de la Luz is the only remaining mosque in Toledo of the ten which existed in the city during Moorish times. It was then known as Bab-al-Mardum. It is located near the Puerta del Sol, in an area of the city once called Medina where wealthy Muslims used to live.
The mosque is a small building measuring about 8 x 8m. Four columns capped with Visigothic capitals divide the interior into nine compartments. Above these are nine vaults, each with a distinctive design. Behind this square section, a Mudéjar semi-circular apse contains frescoes of Pantocrator and the Tetramorphs.
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The Alcazar of Toledo

The Alcazar of Toledo
The Alcázar of Toledo is a stone fortification located in the highest part of Toledo, Spain. Once used as a Roman palace in the 3rd century, it was restored under Alfonso VI and Alfonso X and renovated in 1535. During the Spanish Civil War, nationalist Colonel Jose Moscardo Ituarte held the building against overwhelming Spanish Republican forces in the Siege of the Alcazar. The incident became a central piece of Spanish Nationalist lore especially the story of Moscardó's son Luis. The Republicans took Moscardo's 16-year old son Luis hostage, and demanded that the Alcazar be surrendered or they would kill him. Luis told his father "Surrender or they will shoot me," his father replied "then commend your soul to God, shout 'Viva Cristo Rey' and die like a hero."
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Synagogue of El Transito - Sephardi Museum

Synagogue of El Transito
The Synagogue of El Transito is the oldest synagogue in Toledo, Spain, founded by Samuel Halevi in 1356. It features Nasrid-style polychrome stucco-work, Hebrew inscriptions of the names of God, multifoil arches and Mudéjar panelled ceiling. After the expulsion of the city's Jews under the Alhambra decree in 1492, it was converted into a church. It now forms part of the Sephardi Museum, exploring the Jewish culture of Mediaeval Toledo.
This Synagogue was the private family synagogue of the King's wealthy treasurer, Don Samuel HaLevi Abulafia. When he built it around year 1400, he defied all the laws about synagogues being smaller and lower than churches, and plain of decoration.
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Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca

Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca
The synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca is a religious building erected in the city of Toledo, Spain in 1180 (according to the inscription on a beam). Its stylistic and cultural classification is not simple, because it was constructed in Christian territory, the Kingdom of Castile, by Islamic constructors, for Jewish use and owers. It is considered a symbol of the cooperation of the three cultures who populated the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages. The synagogue is a Mudejar construction, created by Moorish architects in Christian soil, for non-Islamic purposes. But it can also be considered one of the finest example of the Almohad architecture, because of the construction elements and style. The white, plain interior walls, the use of brick and of pillars instead of columns and the vegetal decoration of the capitals are characteristical of the Almohad architecture.
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Museum of El Greco

Museum of El Greco
This museum has an extensive collection of paintings by this artist of the Spanish Golden Age. Opened in 1911, the museum is located in Toledo's Jewish Quarter. It consists of two buildings: a 16th-century house with a courtyard, and an extension dating from the early 20th century. The two share a garden. The museum contains numerous works by El Greco, especially from this brilliant painter's last period, as well as canvases by other 17th-century Spanish painters, furniture from the same era and ceramics from Talavera de la Reina.
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Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
The convent church of San Juan de los Reyes was founded in 1476 by Ferdinand and Isabel who intended it as their last resting-place. The surrender of Granada in 1492 was so important that they changed their burial plans, and the Capilla Real in Granada became their mausoleum. In the meantime Juan Guas had almost completed his masterpiece, the church at Toledo.
Claustro has two galleries – the ground one is typical Gothic with the passages decorated in carved sculptures between the high windows, the upper one has brightly colored Mudejar ceiling, which makes a sharp contrast with almost white walls. The patio inside the Claustro is really charming with a huge orange tree growing in one of the corners.
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Museum of Santa Cruz

Museum of Santa Cruz
This old hospital, now turned into a museum with temporary exhibitions, was built in XVI century. This museum displays a collection of paintings by El Greco, Goya, Ribera, Lucas Jordán, Carducho and other artists from Toledo along with valuable objects like ivory crucifix, Belgian wall-hangings, antique furniture, gold, and silverwork. The archeological exhibits include the skull of a mammoth and artifacts from the Roman, Visigoth, Arabic and mudejar periods. There's an Industrial Arts section where you can see examples of popular culture and local crafts. The most striking features of this plateresque building are its entrance, the elegant courtyard, the grand staircase and the mudejar and Renaissance style ceilings.
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Church of San Roman - Museum of Visigoth Councils

Church of San Roman - Museum of Visigoth Councils
This temple has an overall Mudejar style, even though the main chapel has a plateresque style after the modifications that were carried out during the 16th century.
The Museum of the Visigoth Councils is currently hosted in this building and it exhibits accurate copies of the votive crowns of the Tesoro de Guarrazar, including Visigoth remains and a collection of beautiful Romanic mural paintings from the 13th century, which are in perfect condition. We can also see a fine caliph style arcade with Visigoth capitals that were used before.
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Mosque of Tornerias

Mosque of Tornerias
11th century building that was built on Roman foundations to reproduce a similar outline to that of El Cristo de la Luz, which was probably used as the model.
It currently houses the Centre for the Promotion of Craftwork of Castilla-La Mancha, where monographic expositions are regularly held.
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Convent of Santo Domingo El Antiguo

Convent of Santo Domingo El Antiguo
El Antiguo or Ancient is an appropriate name for this Cistercian convent which is the oldest in Toledo. It was founded by Alfonso VI in 1085 when he conquered the city. It was closed to the public until 1982 when part of it was opened to visitors and the museum was set up. Entry to the museum is through the church, a building that dates from the early Renaissance and contains paintings by El Greco. El Greco's coffin can be glimpsed through the glass panel that covers the entrance to the crypt. It is also possible to buy marzipan and sweets made by the nuns.
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Hospital of Tavera

Hospital of Tavera
This monument is also called the "Hospital de Afuera", which was built by cardinal Tavera in 1541. Its façade depicts a Renaissance style and inside we can see two perfectly symmetrical patios with Dorian columns and Ionian arches. The founder is buried inside the church. Many different works from famous painters are exhibited in the museum, such as El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Sánchez Coello, Tiziano or Tintoretto. The archives of La Nobleza are currently kept in the premises of the building.
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Church of Los Jesuitas

Church of Los Jesuitas
You'll find the Iglesia de San Idelfonso close to the Palacio de Lorenzana. It's also known as the Jesuits' church because it was built by this religious order and as "San Juan Bautista" because it used to be the parish church of St. John the Baptist. It is Baroque in style. Construction commenced in 1628 and took 90 years to complete. The best feature is the facade which is flanked by towers on two sides. In 1767, King Charles III expelled the Jesuits from Spain and they therefore had to forfeit this church although it was returned to them in 1937.
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Convent of Santa Ursula

Convent of Santa Ursula
This convent belonging to a congregation of Augustinian Nuns was probably built between 1256 and 1259, although local historians cannot give an exact date for its foundation. It is located in the Historic District close to the Town Hall and is one of the Augustinian order's oldest convents in all of Spain. It was hugely wealthy and important towards the end of the 15th century. If you ask and are allowed in, look out for the magnificent 18th century choir stalls.
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Victorio Macho Museum

Victorio Macho Museum
The Victorio Macho Museum is located on Tarpeya Rock, a curious promontory over the Tajo, that was chosen by the sculptor as the place to build his house and workshop in 1953. Today this beautiful location houses the headquarters of the Toledo Royal Foundation, where, as well as the exhibits of the Victorio Macho Museum they also hold cultural events. This cultural space in the very centre of the Jewish quarter, have lovely spots from which you can enjoy exceptional views over the Tajo and a superb panorama of the area around Toledo and the cigarrales (country houses on the banks of the Tajo).
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Zocodover Square

Zocodover Square
Plaza de Zocodover (Zocodover Square) is the main square of Toledo, and its very heart. It was the ancient Arabian market (zocodover means "place of animals"). It's an ideal place to take a break after visiting the Alcazar or the Cathedral and also a hub for catching the bus or riding a tourist train or just take a seat a watch the life goes by...
This square is near the highest point of the old city, in the north-east corner, just a few metres from the Alcazar. There are a number of cafes, and the buildings above appear to be mainly offices.
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Bridge of Alcantara

Bridge of Alcantara
The Alcantara bridge was first constructed in 866 AD, close to the ruins of a Roman bridge. The Arab bridge was in turn washed away, except for the piers and abutments, in 1257 and reconstructed by Alfonso X. There were further restorations in the 15th and 16th Centuries. The masonry of the bridge contains stones of Roman, Visagothic and Arab origin, as do the nearby walls. The massive tower guarding the West end of the bridge is Mudejar work. The gate beyond was undoubtedly one of the oldest entries to the city, for the Roman Toletum, and subsequently the Visigothic Palace of Galiana and the Arab Medina crowned the slope behind it.
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Bridge of San Martin

Bridge of San Martin
The Puente de San Martín is a medieval bridge across the river Tajo in Toledo, Spain. The bridge was constructed in the late 14th century by archbishop Pedro Tenorio to provide access to the old town from the west, complementing the older Puente de Alcantara linking to the east. Both sides of the bridge were heavily fortified with towers, the more recent dating from the 16th century. The Puente de San Martín features five arches, with the largest in the middle reaching an impressive span length of 40 m. Only very few bridges in the world had reached that mark until then.
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Gate of El Sol

Gate of El Sol
The Gate of El Sol is the principal gateway into the wall city of toledo. It was originally built in the 11th century and the present gate you see today was modified in the 14th century. It is the finest Mudejar style gate in Spain, combining strength and harmonious lines. The round towers are built in rubble work, and the matching pointed and horseshoe shaped arches in are granite. The decorative work of the two sets of arches, the parapets and battlements, and the inside of the gate are in brick. This combination of building materials is very common in Mudejar work.
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Gate of El Cambron

Gate of El Cambron
It stands in the walls that run from the Old Bisagra Gate to San Martin Bridge. The gate located at the place where a very large water course runs out of the city during rains, and must therefore date from the earliest times. Part of the original structure is still conserved in the outer part of the gate, in the form of the opening with a square tower on either sides. Two large Arab memorial stones can be seen in the base of these towers, taken from the nearby cemetery. The original inscription can still be seen, on face of one of them.
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Gate of Bisagra

Gate of Bisagra
On arriving into the old city of Toledo from the north, one first encounters this imposing gate with its ornate twin towers and double headed eagle. The Puerta Nueva de Bisagra was built in the 16th century as Toledo's new gate.
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