I was lucky enough to be able to venture out to Spain this year (For my brother’s wedding and a bit of an international get-away!), if you have never heard of this story book town, then keep reading. You may just become enchanted with its tales!
Toledo is a small city, located in the Toledo province of Spain. One of Toledo’s nicknames is the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries. This has led to an incredible mix of architecture and mix of churches. The truth and stories of love will change your outlook!
With only a day to venture around this story book city, we decided to hop on a train car to take us around! – A great tip if you have limited time to sight see, and also if you don’t have the stamina to walk around for miles and miles! Besides the breathtaking views, the tour came with an audio guide book explaining the majestic background to the different areas within the city walls.
Toledo is notably famous for their sword-making and steel working, and you are surrounded with gift stores selling tourist memorabilia dedicated to this. From miniature swords through to life size take homes, you will be puzzled for choice!
Inside the city walls you are transported back in time, the older part with its cobble stoned roads lined with multi-story houses now lined with tourist gift stores, grocery shops and restaurants.
The city of Toledo has been declared historic artistic site and a few of the sites include
- Tomb of Saint Beatrice of Silva, founder of the Order of the Immaculate Conception, at the Conceptionist Monastery of Toledo.
- Castillo de San Servando, medieval castle near the banks of the Tagus river and the Infantry Academy.
- The Gothic Cathedral, dating from the thirteenth century. Inside there is the Clear from Narciso Tome, in Baroque.
- Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, in Isabelline Gothic style (15th century).
- The Renaissance Museo-Hospital de Santa Cruz (16th century).
- El Greco Museum, a house-museum designed as a recreation of the artist’s home, which was lost centuries ago. It houses several important paintings.
- Santa María la Blanca, the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing, now owned by the Catholic Church.
- Synagogue of El Transito, in the Jewish Quarter. It is home to the Sephardic Museum.
- Hospital de Tavera Museum Duque de Lerma. Renaissance style, dates from the sixteenth century. Influenced the layout of El Escorial.
- Church of Santiago del Arrabal, in Mudéjar style.