A getaway to Toledo


Toledo It is known as the city of the three cultures, a sign of coexistence of Christians, Jews, and Arabs. But also a destination where you can get lost on any weekend. You can even go on the same day if you travel from Madrid or a nearby point from central Spain. Of Toledo we can highlight innumerable things, because among its ramparts we enjoyed a spectacular sample of the history of spanish art. Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Jews, Christians ... much of Spain's history has passed through Toledo left in this city its indelible footprint. That is why it is declared a World Heritage Site.


We find monuments Almost all the corners of the city, although the most visited are the Cathedral, the Puerta de Bisagra, the Alcázar, the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, the Synagogues of Santa María la Blanca and that of El Tránsito, the Mosque of Cristo de the Light and the Canvas Museum of the Burial of the Lord of Orgaz. In addition to this cultural wealth, Toledo has the charm of its labyrinthine streets, the views from the Cigarrales (country houses on the banks of the Tagus), the recovered convents and the nightlife of the city. Without forgetting its Roman baths, the Arab and Jewish baths, which show the signs of a past of coexistence.


The Zocodover Square We could say that it is the nerve center of the city, as it has been a witness of all times, a place of reference both for tourists who are lucky enough to come and for people from Toledo. The square was used as defense of the wall with the Romans and beast market with the Arabs. Bullfights, executions of the Inquisition and jousts of all kinds have also been held there. In its surroundings it is worth taking a walk through the narrow but charming streets, the squares and gardens off the traditional tourist routes are wonderful.


The goldsmith works and jewelry that keeps its cloister, the Puerta del Reloj or the three covers of the main façade (Puerta del Perdón, de la Torre y del Escribano) and Puerta de los Leones, deserve to be named. Next to the cathedral is the Town Hall building evoking Italian classicism for its perfect symmetry and the use of Tuscan columns. The Alcázar de Toledo is also one of the symbols of the city and current headquarters of the National Army Museum. Finally, the Primada Cathedral It stands out for finding the imprint of all artistic styles: Gothic structure, plasterwork and ceilings with an Arab trace, the Baroque in its Transparent or the neoclassical in the Puerta Llana, in addition to the beautiful stained glass windows and the rose windows.

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