Toledo is a captivating city that exudes a historical charm that reflects well through its structures that peep through its medieval lanes. There are a number of monuments that find a pivotal place in the landscape of this city some of which are Cathedral de Toledo, Museo de Santa Cruz, Alcázar, Sinagoga del Tránsito, and many others. This fascinating city is also home to squares and mosques such as Plaza De Zocodover, Mosque Of Cristo De La Luz respectively that call for attention and a visit. The bridge of San Martin is an important one that beams with architectural excellence and tourists who love to take a stroll over here.
You can also visit the exquisite Santa María La Blanca which was built as a synagogue in the 12th Century by Moorish craftsmen and still adorns Toledo today. With these number of attractions and sights, Toledo in Spain will engage you to spend your vacations here whole heartedly.
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Religious Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
Calle Cardenal Cisneros 1, 45002 Toledo, Spain
10:00 am - 06:30 pm
This Roman Catholic cathedral is also known as Catedral Primada Santa Maria de Toledo in Spanish. It is one of the 13th century old important Cathedral of Spain. The sight on which it stands now used to have Visigothic church, back in 6th century. The construction of the cathedral began in 1226 and continued till 1493. Due to such longer period in the construction of the cathedral, you can see a mixture of different style in the architectural design. For instance, you get to see French Gothic with flying buttresses on the exterior region of the cathedral while the interior follows Spanish style.
Highlighted feature of the cathedral –
The choir is considered as one of the best among all the other European churches.
High Altar Reredos depicting the scenes from the life of the Christ.
The Sacristy containing artworks and paintings belonging to famous painters like El Greco.
The Transparente (Baroque altar) made of bronze, jasper and marble.
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Art Museum, Museum, Family And Kids
Paseo del Transito, s/n, 45002 Toledo, Spain
09:30 am - 08:00 pm
If you are fond of paintings, make sure you add the name of this museum in your itinerary list of Toledo. Opened in 1911, the museum is solely dedicated to preserve the artworks of the painter, El Greco. It is located in the Jewish Quarter of Toledo. The premise has 2 buildings, one is a 16th century house with a courtyard and another is a 20th century old. Both the buildings are connected with a shared garden. Inside, it has rooms dedicated to the Marquis de la Vega Inclan pay homage to El Greco’s vision and his life. Other set of rooms are dedicated to preserve the artwork of the painter. Few other rooms are used to hold workshop.
Besides seeing his artwork, you get to learn about stories related to the paintings that speaks about its origin, inspiration and so on. The museum also has a departmental store that let you get some souvenirs to take it back with you. On the exterior portion, you cannot miss the chance of strolling around the garden area during twilight.
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Historical Site, Family And Kids, Monastery
C / Catholic Kings, 17. 45002 Toledo
10:00 am - 05:30 pm
Also known as Monastery of Saint John of the kings, this historic monastery of Toledo was founded by King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile in honor of the birth of their son, Prince John and also their victory over the army of Afonso V Portugal in the Battle of Toro (1476). Its construction work got finished in 1504, with splendid cloisters. However, few changes were made in the exterior region after it got damaged during Napoleon’s invasion. A close look to the design will show that the pattern is a mixture of Gothic- Flemish and Spanish style.
Feature to look forwards – the ceiling of the ground floor is formed of German cross vaults with figures of saints interspersed with animals and plant motifs. The upper cloisters contain Mudejar ornamentation.
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Calle de Samuel Levi , S/N, 45002 Toledo,Spain
09:00 am - 07:30 pm
It is the only synagogue, belonging to the 14th century and was built under the recommendation of Pedro I. It now houses the Museo Sefardi. True to its era, the architectural design of the synagogue reflects a mixture of artwork of Gothic, Cordoba Islamic art style and Jewish. The interior portion is decorated with Mudejar elements and inscriptions, written in Arabic and Hebrew. A trip to the interior gives you a glimpse of the historical background of the Jewish culture and Sephardic culture.
However with the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, the synagogue had been used to serve various purposes like a hermitage or military barracks.
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Military Museum, Historical Site, Monument, Family And Kids
Calle Union, s/n, 45001 Toledo, Spain
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
On the highest hill of Toledo, stand Alzacar. It is one of the few historical buildings of the city. The construction of the building started in Roman period. However, during the reign of Alfonso VI and Alfonso X, the building was rebuilt and it became the first example of square fortress with towers. The last reconstruction work took place in the region of Emperor Charles V. At present, the castle has been turned in to an Army museum. Taking a tour around the museum will show huge collection armors for the knights and horses that belonged to the Spanish army.
However, don’t miss to climb up the terrace of the museum. At the terrace, monument of Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Villamartin is situated.
Erected in 1180, this synagoga was originally known as Ibn Shushan Synagogue. It is said to be the oldest synagoga of Europe that is still standing without much damage. At present, the building is owned by the Catholic Church. The unique feature of the building is its design as the building was constructed under the Christian kingdom of Castile by Islamic architects for Jewish use. So, the architectural design has the influence of the three religions, i.e. Christianity, Islamic and Jewish. Till date, this synagoga is considered as the ‘symbol of the cooperation’ among three religions and its culture that existed specially in the Iberian Peninsula during the reign of Middle Ages.
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Bar, Restaurant, Plaza, Street Market, Family And Kids, Street Food, Neighborhoo...
Plaza Zocodover, 15, 45001 Toledo, Spain
This square is located in the autonomous community of Castilla –La Manch of Toledo. The location of this square is the prime factor for making it a must visit place for most of the tourists. This is because; the square is situated right at the center of the city and has many roads connecting some of the important tourist attractions of the old town of Toledo. The history says, the square got its name from the events that were held over here. In medieval days, bull fight and cucanas parties were organized in the town. Hence, the square became an important point of the social life of the city. Taking a tour around the square will take around an hour or so. You can just wander around the place or sit with a glass of wine and enjoy people walking by.
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Outdoors, Observatory, Educational Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids
45003 Callejon San Jose, 2 45003 Toledo, Spain
12:01 am - 12:00 am
It is a city gate, built in 13th century by the Knights Hospitaller. It used to be the only entrance through the defensive walls of the city to enter the fortification. It is rectangular in shape with semicircular top. At the entrance, the horseshow arches are flanked by 2 horses. In the middle of the blind arches, lie remaining of a Paleochristian sarcophagus (of 4th century). You can also climb up the stairs of the tower to reach the top and get a magnificent view of the city.
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Plaza del Conde 4, 45002 Toledo (Castile-La Mancha)
10:00 am - 06:45 pm
It is a 14th century old church with Mudejar tower. Though the construction of the church started from 12th century but its work got completed by the early 14th century with the financial support of Lord Orgaz.
The upper two section of the church is made of brick and has windows with pointed horseshoe arches. Once you enter the church, you get to see a collection of some of the famous paintings of El Greco and the Burial of the Count of Orgaz painting portraying the benefactor of the church being buried by the posthumous assistance of Saint Augustine and Saint Stephen, who again reappears during the funeral to thank Lord Orgaz for his financial support.
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View Point, River, Walking Area, Family And Kids
Ctra. Circunvalacion, s/n, Toledo, Spain
If you are visiting Toledo, not going to Mirador Del Valle will be your biggest fault. It is this valley point from where you get the best view of the city. From the Valley viewpoint, the city looks splendid with river Tagus bordering the edge, the roofs of medieval houses, churches and not to forget the Alzacar standing out from the crowd. People usually prefer to go there in the morning or in the early afternoon. However, in the evening, you get to see a different face of the city with the Alzacar all lit up. At the same time, the route from the viewpoint connects with many other historical sites of the city, like San Martin Bridge and Alcantara bridge.
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Museum, Family And Kids, Archaeological Site , Arts And Crafts
C / Miguel de Cervantes, 3, 45001 - Toledo (Toledo)
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
It is one of the important museums of the city preserving a quality collection that includes archeological, decorative art work and fine arts. It was founded by Cardinal Mendoza. The collections are divided into 3 major categories –
Archeology – Devoted to Roman, Visigothic, Moorish and Mudejar cultures.
Fine arts – Excellent artwork belonging to 16th and 17th century and done by famous painters like El Greco.
Industrial arts – Representing unique examples related to popular cultural work and traditional local craftwork, made of materials like ceramics, glass, wrought iron, fabrics and precious metals.
Today, visitors can enjoy exhibition along with permanent collection that opened in late 2010. If you are visiting the museum, the tour will begin from the lower level. It holds temporary exhibition while the upper level as the permanent collection.
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Calle Puerta de Bisagra s/n, 45003 Toledo (Castile-La Mancha)
12:01 am - 12:00 am
It is best known as the city gate of Toledo. It has a Moorish origin but it was reconstructed many a times. However, the main part of the bridge was constructed in 1559 by Alonso de Covarrubias. It has the coat of arms of the emperor Charles V, standing right at the entrance point of the city. Inside, there is a courtyard where you can move around for some time.
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Mosque, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Calle Cristo de la Luz, 22, 45002 Toledo (Castile-La Mancha)
10:00 am - 05:45 pm
It is one of the ten mosques, dated back from the year 999 and still existing and preserving some of the important collections of Islamic art. In the 12th century, it was devoted to Christianity and has a statue of Christ. However, it was later on concealed within a wall to avoid ‘ profanation’. In the interior, the space is splits into 9 sections that are covered by ribbed vaults whose design varies with different areas of the nave. In the exterior region, the facade is made of brick. The transept along with the Romanesque- Mudejar apse was added when the place was used for Christian worship.
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Church, Religious Site, Outdoors, Observatory, Historical Site, Family And Kids,...
Plaza Padre Juan de Mariana, 45002 Toledo,Spain
10:00 am - 06:45 pm
Also known as the Church of San Ildefonso or Church of the Jesuitas, this church was built in baroque style and was dedicated to Saint Ildefonso (the patron of the city and also the Father of the church). It is located right at the center of the historical town of the city. The construction of this church took around 100 years. Situated in between San Roman Street and Calle Alfonso XII, the church has its face directed towards the northwest-southwest side, towards the Toledo’s Cathedral. Inside the church, you can see a large nave shaped Latin Cross. Over the high dome, transept is situated in which two great altarpieces are placed. From the exterior, the dome appears so large that it has become one of the highest points of Toledo.
It is said to be the national monument bridge of Toledo. It is a Roman bridge, constructed across the river Tagus, built by the Romans. It was suppose to be the entrance way for merchandise and people during the Middle Ages.
Features to see - a statue of San Idelfonso and the coat of arms of the Catholic Monarchs.