Discover Toledo, a city of three cultures
Toledo maintains the traditions and historical monuments of the three cultures that have settled throughout its history, such as the Muslim, Jewish and Christian. The church of Santo Tomé or the synagogue of Santa María la Blanca They are a true reflection of the living tradition of the city in addition to being a national benchmark for its exquisite cuisine.
This historic city located on the hill of Castilla-La Mancha, being the capital of this and main point of interest thanks to its great heritage variety in which below we will highlight the most outstanding historical monuments in the city that was the home of the mannerist painter El Greco.
Definitely, one of the main attractions is the Toledo Cathedral named Santa Maria Cathedral O Primate Cathedral of Spain. Gothic in style and built between the 13th and 15th centuries (1226 Y 1493), stands out for its exquisite and striking exterior facade (up to three different) that make it one of the most important monuments in Spain and most interesting cathedrals in the world. The main facade is built with a tower of 92 meters high; the second is the oldest facade such as the Puerta del Reloj; and the last to be built was the Puerta de los Leones.
Despite its exuberant exterior facade, the interior design of the city's main monument has nothing to envy its exterior face. The Main Chapel and its altarpiece, the Chapter House, the Mozarabic Chapel, stained glass, the Choir or the Treasury, among others, make it worth paying 10 euros to access the interior.
Mirador del Valle
This is not a monument, but it is one of the most valued tourist attractions. The Mirador del Valle has become that space where you can contemplate sunrises and sunsets and enjoy those moments that are kept in the retina. You can see different historical buildings such as the Alcazar or the Tagus River.
Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca
It is one of the samples of the Jewish culture of the Toledo city. Located in the Jewish quarter, It is one of the favorite monuments to visit both residents and tourists. Of Mudejar religious origin, it was built in the 12th century (1180) and used as a synagogue for more than 200 years. Then it was used as a church under the invocation of the Virgin in 1411.
Its exterior architectural cleanliness contrasts with a beautiful interior with horseshoe arches, white walls and octagonal pillars that have subsequently served to build other synagogues in other countries. Besides this, in the Jewish quarter there is another interesting synagogue such as the 14th century Tránsito and inside the Sephardic Museum.
Alcázar of Toledo
Along with the Cathedral of Toledo, the Alcázar is the building that stands out in any panoramic view of Toledo. Located at the top of the city, the historic building dates to the mid-16th century when Charles V ordered the construction of a new royal residence.. This rectangular-shaped medieval fortress has Roman origins and inside is the treasured Library of Castilla-La Mancha.
Monastery of Juan de los Reyes
The convent of San Juan de los Reyes is a monastery belonging to the Franciscan Order, which was built under the reign of Isabel I of Castile with the intention of turning it into a royal mausoleum, commemorating the battle of Toro and the birth of Prince Juan. It is one of the most valuable examples of the Elizabethan Gothic style and the most important building erected by the Catholic Monarchs.
Bisagra Gate in Toledo
It is of Muslim origin and was totally rebuilt under the reigns of Carlos V and Felipe II.. It is a monumental entrance open in the walls of the north facade of the city of Toledo. The monument is flanked by this entrance two large circular towers. The body that faces the city has another door with a semicircular arch, flanked by two square towers topped by pyramidal roofs.
The Plaza de Zocodover is the current social center of the city, but it also occupies the place where throughout history the markets were installed in Toledo. It is the main square of Toledo and the meeting point of Toledo and tourists. It's more, next to the Plaza de Zocodover, there is Sillería street (where is our office located), which is where the horse saddles were made and those animals that were sold there in the square. It was also a place of inns and inns as it was a transit area for travelers who came to the city.
San Martin Bridge
It is one of the most important historical and monumental bridges in the city over the Tagus river next to the Alcantara river that is located at the opposite end. Of Gothic origin, it has the particularity of having a practically flat profile and is supported by a total of five arches or eyes.. Until 1976 this medieval bridge had to withstand road traffic. Currently only pedestrians are allowed.
Church of Santo Tomé
It is another of the monuments that you cannot miss when visiting Toledo. Not so much for its architectural construction, that also, but because with this visit you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the famous painting The Burial of the Count of Orgaz by El Greco.
Castle of San Servando
The castle of S. Servando is nestled on the hill of the same name, on the left bank of the Tagus river and near the Alcántara bridge. The castle is made of masonry and red brickwork is the crowning of towers and walls on the southern side. It is one of the best works of Mudejar military architecture in Spain. It was used at different times to defend the confluence of roads that accessed the bridge and as a military defense fortress of the city, For this reason, it was the object of numerous damage and is currently very restored and used as a youth hostel.
Cristo de la Luz Mosque
This name was acquired when in the 12th century it became a church after the Christian reconquest. Originally built in the 10th century, It is together with the Mosque of Córdoba, the oldest of the mosques that are preserved in Spain.
further, Toledo has become a culinary benchmark in Castilian cuisine. Two of the best restaurants in the city of Toledo are Scorching restaurant El Ambigú located in the heart of Toledo and Scorching Restaurant Toledo; perfect restaurants for a lunch or dinner, with their daily menu or for tapas with friends.
In these restaurants, in addition to the best dishes of Castilian-La Mancha cuisine, we can find specialties in grilled meats as they have yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork and exquisite cuts with a lot of professional training.
The municipality of Consuegra has always been characterized by its windmills that were a headache for the protagonist of the Cervantes novel and are today a mandatory stop on a route through these lands. Twelve of them are kept in very good condition, of which five still maintain the original machinery.
Located on the slopes of the La Mancha region, its locality is between the east with Madridejos, to the north with Mora and Turleque, in the province of Toledo, and to the south with Villarrubia de los Ojos in Ciudad Real. Many famous people have left their signature in Consuegra and below we will do a brief review of the most prominent protagonists of the town.
This novel town was always a dream for Don Quixote de la Mancha. During the novel, at the top of Cerro Calderico the castle of La Muela and the mills of Consuegra stand like giants, those with whom Don Quixote de la Mancha fought. These mills were mistaken for giants. In the reality, they were built 13, but they remain standing 12 and of these, there are five that keep their machinery in perfect condition. They are Sancho, Rucio, Bolero, Espatero and Backpacks. The others also have curious names, all taken from Don Quixote, the most famous book in Spanish literature: Sparks, Knight in the Green Overcoat, Mambrino, Clavileño, Piggy bank, Cardeño and Vista Alegre.
Juan José of Austria
One of the most forgotten characters in history is Don Juan José de Austria, who is among the bastard sons of Philip IV, Well, it is said that, total, between legitimate and not, the planet king had more than 40 stems. With this illustrious person there was one of those unique periods, flourishing and that represented a radical change in the then town, was the one located in the middle of the seventeenth century, more specifically since the end of July 1664 until the beginning of August 1666, dates in which Consuegra had a guest of honor; nothing more and nothing less than the Prior of the Order of Saint John. This Spanish politician and military man recently defeated in the battle of Portugal requested a license to retire to some place in the priory, while the king looked for a position according to his person.
When the license was granted, our prior arrives in Consuegra, priory capital, where you are received with open arms, not only for the honor that the prior himself chose the town as his residence, but also for the benefits and favors that this could entail for the town and its inhabitants.
To end, the influence of Juan de la Tierra, how our prior was baptized, would also reach the religious area of Consuegra, since upon his arrival he brought with him from the Barcelona campaign an image that, according to him, had helped him to be victorious and that he had found himself at one of the gates of the Catalan city.
Alfonso García-Tejero and Ordoñez
19th century writer born in Consuegra. He was very prolific finding among other works such as El pilluelo de Madrid, The wedding nougat and pumpkins or El Caudillo de Morella. He was the son of the income manager Alfonso García Tejero and Juana Ordóñez, from Madrid.
He participated in one of the meetings of the revolution of 1868. A) Yes, In the democratic six-year term, he was appointed head of Development in Seville at the beginning of 1869 by Ruiz Zorrilla. In 1874 He was appointed head of the Development section in Cáceres. The 21 September 1890, The Correspondence of Spain gave notice that he had died in Madrid “old and forgotten, the distinguished writer and journalist Alfonso García Tejero, that forty years ago had true notoriety in the republic of letters”. One of his most outstanding works was the "The historical ballads. Lives of famous Spaniards ".
Jose Jimenez Donoso
(Consuegra, Toledo, 1632-Madrid, 1690). Spanish painter. Initially trained with his father and Francisco Fernández, between 1649 Y 1650 he went to Rome, where he trained in perspective and architecture painting. Upon his return to Madrid in 1657, entered the workshop of Juan Carreño de Miranda, where he practiced the portrait genre. He was a friend and collaborator of Claudio Coello, with whom he made numerous frescoes for the church of Santa Cruz in Madrid around 1667-1668, the chapel of San Ignacio and the sacristy of the Imperial College of the Jesuits of Madrid (destroyed) in 1673, as well as those of the wardrobe of the cathedral of Toledo in 1671-1673 and those of the Royal House of the Bakery of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid in 1673-1674. Prepared, together with Coello and Matías de Torres, the decoration of the room of Queen María Luisa de Orleans in the Royal Alcázar (destroyed). He specialized in the design of major altarpieces for churches and convents, like that of Our Lady of Victory in Madrid, of which only one drawing remains, San Francisco de Paula begging the Virgin.
He was one of the most important actors born in the town of Consuegra, that after studying high school he joined the Spanish University Theater of Madrid, where he took his first steps in the world of interpretation. In 1966 He made his film debut with the film La Busca, by Angelino Fons. He was married to the artist representative María Navarro (former manager of the tonadillera Isabel Pantoja). One of his best known appearances was in the series "Here there is no who lives".
Norberto Antonio García Roco
Norberto Antonio García-Roco González-Oteo. Republican politician and Catholic priest. Son of Narciso García-Roco Merino and Francisca González-Oteo García-Roco. Natural of Consuegra, signed the Spanish Federal Pact on behalf of the province of Toledo, in july 1869.
A) Yes, with all the historical monuments that surround Consuegra and famous people who have left their signature, During your visit it is recommended to make an almost mandatory stop for all who pass through here, such as the Scorching Canela y Limón restaurant, which is decked out in a peculiar way and living up to its name, in which they are specialists in dishes from the region as well as having grilled meat from their own breeding.
Consuegra has always been known throughout Spain for its famous windmills. This municipality full of history and heritage that encourages you to visit this Toledo town. The great symbol of Castilla-La Mancha, in a generic way, and especially from Consuegra, are the windmills, which currently holds up 12 windmills and each one has its own name with a lot of history behind it.
Clavileño, Espartero, Rucio, Knight of the Green Coat, Sparks, Piggy bank, Cardeño, Good views, Sancho, Backpacks, Mambrino and Bolero are the names given to each of them and these mills were used to grind wheat, to make flour.
These mills, according to historians, have been found since the 19th century, Although it is very possible that some go back to earlier times, and even up to the 16th century. At first they were 13 mills, although one was lost, since the machinery in some of them is from this time. Many windmills can be visited, as they are prepared to contain different activities, although it is convenient to make an appointment.
The Windmill "Bolero", Consuegra Tourist Office
This visitable windmill houses the Consuegra Tourist Office inside. During the visit it is possible to see all its complete rehabilitated mechanism.
An interesting option, during the visit to the Consuegra windmills, It is located in the Scorching Canela y Limón restaurant, a reference place in the province of Toledo and is located in Consuegra and specialized in grilled meats, is wall to wall, next to the famous Bar The Fishing.
Consuegra is located in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, one of the most beautiful and historic towns in all of Spain. Approximately with 11.000 thousand inhabitants, This Toledo municipality has become a benchmark for national tourism due to its variety of history, the many historical buildings to visit and the odd route loaded with Spanish history, like Don Quixote's route. further, Consuegra is known for its remarkable gastronomy, whose recipe book can be found in Don Quixote, and the one from the Montes de Toledo.
The mills of Consuegra
Talking about Consuegra is synonymous with windmills. They are located at the top of the hill to take advantage of the air currents and add a total of 12 windmills. Nowadays. Some of these mills are so old that they date back to the 16th century, being essential in the development of the Toledo town, since the absence of currents prevented the establishment of river mills. These mills were used to grind wheat, to make flour. One of the twelve windmills is called "Sancho" and it still works in a traditional way in Consuegra. Other windmills are dedicated to another La Mancha theme and many others refer to some of the chapters of Don Quixote. The Rucio mill preserves the original machinery from the 16th century and is the only one in Spain that offers daily grinding during 300 days a year. From the hand of one of the last remaining professional millers in La Mancha, We will enter the entrails of the giant to contemplate the operation of its mechanism in a wonderful guided tour. It is said that it is the most famous mill of all there is.
The old town, medieval times of Consuegra
The Plaza de España is the Town Hall, the Arch and the Clock Tower, all of them renaissance style. You can also see the Colegio de San Gumersindo or the current headquarters of the Municipal Museum in the Los Corredores building. In this medieval and historical town, you can see the Church of the Holy Christ of Veracruz in a baroque and neoclassical style., In addition, you can also see in this location the Parish Church of Santa María la Mayor. On the other side of the river is the Church of San Juan built in the 16th century and which survived the floods.
This fortress is of Muslim origin and is one of the best preserved castles in all of Castilla-La Mancha. It is renovated both inside and outside for visitors. The structure of this castle is unusual. It is made up of a square central structure with a large cylindrical tower on each of its sides.. The enclosure is surrounded by a barrier of which there are only remains in the part that faces the parade ground.
There is a room that was discovered almost by chance years later and that turned out to be one of the immense cisterns that stored water enough to withstand long sieges without problems.. In 1962, Consuegra City Council acquires the castle and began a comprehensive restoration process. As a result, you can access the hermitage, the wells, the round steps, the chapter house, the albarrana tower, the terraces and the barbican.
The Well of the Lizards
It is an open-air museum that you cannot miss when visiting Consuegra. Colored sculptures that refer to music, writers, etc ... This cultural visit is guided by the author of the works himself, Vicente Manzano. Between visit to the windmills, Historic center of Consuegra is interesting to make a stop on the way and have lunch or dinner at the Abrasador Canela y Limón restaurant, specialist in grilled meat dishes and is in a perfect location in Plaza de España.
“All the establishments that are part of the Group are a family, the Burning family”
Carlos Torres, chef of the restaurant Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres, located in the Toledo municipality of Villacañas and gastronomic advisor to the Abrasador Group, tells us in this interview what are the keys to success in a restaurant.
Villacañas Natural, Carlos Torres has dedicated his entire life to the restaurant sector: "My professional career began in the family business, created by my father does 37 years, which currently offers hospitality services, catering, wedding organization, events, etc. It all started with a “traditional bar” business, that over time evolved to become a leading hospitality group in the area, after betting on high quality and avant-garde cuisine ”Torres points out.
Trained in Toledo School of Hospitality, this chef has worked in different restaurants and this has allowed him to “learn from the best hoteliers”, as he himself says. He currently runs the kitchen of the Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres restaurant and is also a member of the Association Eurotoques Castilla- La Mancha, and is part of the Board of Directors of the Provincial Association of Hotel and Tourism Toledo.
A lifetime dedicated to the catering sector, Carlos tells us his best kept secrets, because as this businessman emphasizes, "Hospitality is their way of life, his talent, his passion… ”
"Definitely, what I like the most in the world is to make others happy and I achieve this thanks to gastronomy. I do not need anything else"
Carlos, let's talk about your restaurant When was it created and what characteristics does it have?
Burning El Capricho de las Torres, formerly called Torres Restaurant, was built with the aim of giving, especially, food service for companies, always oriented towards high quality hospitality.
After the crisis of 2008, my brothers and I decided to convert the restaurant to a new format of hospitality that, at those moments I was succeeding in Madrid, and that's when we introduced the concept of gastrobar, with the aim of achieving a modern kitchen space more dedicated to gastronomy itself.
On the other hand, in those moments the concept of ember began to take, more and more great recipes were made using this type of technique. It was there when we met the Burning Group, to the Ramírez family. First, we test your product, and from that moment, we realized that the client increasingly demanded that gender, that good product that the Burning Group offered us, and after a few months we decided to associate with them.
At present, our kitchen could be described as a modern kitchen with certain avant-garde touches and charcoal. And what am I going to tell you, the truth is that we are very happy with the decision we made with the Ramírez family.
In Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres we can reach the 350 diners in the restaurant area, we also have other spaces such as, for example, the “tapería” area, that we could describe it as the “usual bar space” and, by last, we have the "gastro" zone, where our clients can enjoy rations downtown to share.
That is to say, We have adapted our spaces so that our clients do not come to our restaurant exclusively to eat, but they can enjoy our establishment whenever they want because for that "we are multi-space". (Laughs).
Your restaurant has become a success story for Grupo Abrasador, What can you tell me about it?
I would say that this is possible thanks to the dedication and passion that we put into everything we do.. I also think that our personnel management is very important, there is nothing worse than not knowing what you are doing, no matter how motivated you are. You could say that we combine passion with management.
Why is it important to have a good quality policy in the catering sector?
Currently we don't go out to eat, to eat we have left it for the day to day. Now what we are looking for in a restaurant is the experience it offers us but, Of course, if at the moment of truth you don't have a quality product to back you up, customers will not return.
With Grupo Abrasador I know that quality is guaranteed and that gives me peace of mind, I used to go to the butcher shop and they would sell me what they wanted, but now thanks to the product, which is always the same, we managed to build customer loyalty.
What differentiates your restaurant from other establishments in the area?
I would say that our identity makes us different. Thanks to this we can serve experiences. We have a clear objective and that is our client. Today traditional hospitality has changed and there are two options: or do you have identity, or you are one more and, It is already very difficult to be the best!
Sincerely, I think you shouldn't try to be the best, you have to try to be different so they don't compare you. When we put our product on the table, no one can compare us to others, because our clients leave with an experience.
Do you have any upcoming goals?
In these difficult times it is difficult to talk about upcoming goals or challenges. In our company we had in mind to launch a new project "agriculture to process pistachio" but this has changed today.
Right now our main objective is to save the year, serve people as best as possible and, especially, take care of our staff. At this time, businessmen have to give the best of ourselves because in the end the team is the 80 percent of work. I think the numbers this year are not going to be good and that's why you have to think about us and take care of our team. Without a doubt, our goal today is more personal than professional..
Now let's talk about your relationship with the Burning Group
How many years have you been associated with scorching brand?
We met the Ramírez family in the year 2015. And it was in the year 2016 when we join the group. I have to say that this decision has changed our lives, we have changed the concept of thinking, thanks in part to the training provided by the chain. We are a family Y together We have learned to manage teamwork so that everything works out, regardless of the product, which is also very important and, As I said before, diners are delighted (laughs); together with Abrasador we have grown hand in hand both personally and professionally.
What do you think are the keys to success of your restaurant?
Passion: working with passion is the key to job success.
Constancy: Pablo Picasso said that we are a 10 percent inspiration and a 90 percent work, So I believe that consistency is one of the keys to achieving that success..
Humility: Absolute truth has no one and thanks to humility we can continue learning. I think we all contribute knowledge and ideas and without humility we cannot learn.
Have you had a sales increase in recent years?
Yes and no, we from the first day we opened the restaurant as a gastrobar in 2014 we have always worked very well, although it is true that when we changed from molecular cuisine to scorching cuisine we did notice that people repeated more.
We have had a very weekend public for a few years, people coming from Madrid, who are used to this type of cuisine, and that's why he likes our restaurant, but now we also have families that come to celebrate any type of event, or simply a group of people looking to meet and choose us.
What values you highlight this Restaurant Group?
Passion, constancy, humility, ability to team up and, especially, I would define them as family, family is the word that best describes them. All the establishments that are part of the group are Burning family and we understand this as well because we all have one thing in common: we don't work just for the money and that's the basis for success. The economic issue is a consequence that comes, that is there, and of course it is necessary, but it is not the primary key.
Hospitality is a way of life and we all love what we do
What you are positioned as in your city?
In Tripadvisor and Google we are positioned as the number one restaurant 2, and our score is 4.6.
¿It is important for a restaurant your online reputation and digitization? Why?
As a person who likes to learn, I have always had an internal debate on this topic. At first I did not bet on this type of tools, preferred offline communication, the word of mouth of a lifetime, but with the passage of time we have realized that the client has changed and this means that we no longer only have clients from Villacañas, We also have external clients from other towns.
Thus, Both me and the rest of the team have learned that having a good online reputation is basic and that the door of our restaurant is not glass, it's digital. When you carefully analyze what you do in your daily life, is when you realize that if you go out to eat somewhere, the first thing you do is call an acquaintance and, Secondly, search the Internet, Read the comments and also read the owner's responses.
Today I understand that digital reputation is so important, how to turn on the coffee maker in the morning, in that order, because if you don't have a good digital reputation you will still be one more, you will have fixed clients, that over time they will get tired, because people demand changes. Definitely, good reviews can help us a lot, but the bad ones can help us even more ... and, yes, online reputation is very important.
And to end, As an advisory chef to the Group, do you think that in the world of restaurants a little more training is needed in the sector? Why?
Of course, in our case a 10% of our annual budget, whatever it is, we dedicate it to training, either books, courses, seminars, gastronomic escapades that serve us as learning…
Keep in mind that training is basic, there is no life without training, I've been a cook since 13 years and I have never stopped training, because cooking is easy, the difficult thing is to be able to combine all the emotions and manage them within a company. Without training we couldn't do that. So much for the kitchen, as for team management, from a restaurant, or even for digital management ... training is basic.
Dinner with magic show at the Scorching Canela y Limón Restaurant
The 25 In January a magical evening awaits you at Scorching Canela y Limón, the show has several magicians such as: Julianini, Martilda, Raul Alegria, Luis Olmedo, Pepin Banzo and Lautaro.
Come and enjoy our menu, maybe you will discover the magic flavor of our dishes:
Beef tataki with pistachio praline
Squid croquettes in their ink
Low temperature cod with ali-oli, honey and wakame seaweed
Grilled curry honey medallion of veal
Cookie and caramel cake
WATER AND WINE
PRICE PER PERSON: 30€
The visit to Turleque, little town of Toledo, It is synonymous with tranquility and peace for rest combined with the beauty of nature that holds the Toledo area. This municipality 800 inhabitants about an opportunity to tirerra make the route between Manchego steppe and the first foothills of the Montes de Toledo, Route called the Finistur.
further, Turleque, between his rides, provides historical and discover its most emblematic monuments municipality are as Tercia House, the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption Justice and roll. Turleque name comes from a hybrid Latin and Arabic, since "tur" comes from the Latin, meaning "turris"; Y "It leque" is a characteristic diminutive particle mozárabe, so that Turleque would mean Torrezuela or torrecilla.
The Tercias houses, They are those places where tithes were deposited as payment of taxes what we now call. Why those who think Public finance and taxes are some recent times, they are wrong. Already in the thirteenth century turlequeños Tercia House had until that tithing correspondent, or what is the same one-tenth of the crude product obtained in crops.
Church of Our Lady Assumption
Church of a ship with vault divided into six sections by arches and Doric pilasters barrel. TO each side of the first five sections, shallow chapels open by arches, central one leading to the door.
Baptistery left and the sacristy to the right, access to the towers at the foot. facade topped by fronton and two brick towers, square with two separate bodies by impost of sillares. Two clocks faces perpendicular and superimposed bell in front of the tower on the left, both finished with per capital Ball, vane and Cross.
The facade is topped by fronton and two towers. Parish plans were attributed to the architect D. Juan de Villanueva and D. Julian del Alamo. It was funded by the infant Spain D. Gabriel Antonio, Grand Prior of the Order of St. John of Malta, also cooperating entire population of Turleque.
Historians tell that rose in 1.751, date on which the King Ferdinand VI signed the concession title of Villa to Turleque.
The pillory is a seated stone column on a slipway where the prisoners were exposed to public shame, serving as well as a lesson to other residents. They were placed at the exit of the populations, on the busiest road, above it was located in the Consuegra road, since this population was head of the Priory. Is a based on which a column rises smooth shaft with capitals.
In addition to these precious monuments also can make ". The environment Rue Finistur It is mainly marked by the reservoir Finisterre. An impressive depression in the valley Algodor, that collected during rainy seasons to 35 hectometres of water so scarce in this region. This "oasis" manchego is in the interest, which by their Location, shared history and nature between the steppe and Manchego foothills of the Montes de Toledo.
Between visits to these monuments and routes is the option to take a break and regain strength to continue the roadmap Turleque sights and visit the magnificent restaurant Abrasador La Chimenea de Turleque, a perfect restaurant for tapas or meat, because it specializes in grilled meats Anoja own rearing veal and Iberian pork bait field. They also offer a lot of variety of both hot and cold coffee and plates. To finalize, also they have a pantry where you can buy any product quality as cheeses.
In the heart of Spain is the historic city of Toledo, called the city of three cultures: Arab, Jewish and Christian. Toledo is a city on the banks of the Tagus river with several neighborhoods and a long and rich history dating back to the Bronze Age, the Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, the Catholic monarchs and even the Spanish Civil War.
In the Toledo city there are many places with great beauty and interesting to visit. Among all these palaces they stand, specific, Galiana Palace is particularly important that the rest of what it has meant for the city and its long history.
But besides the palace of Galiana, Toledo includes highlight other palaces.
Palacio de Galiana
Galiana Palace is a building in the Spanish city of Toledo. Medieval and located outside the historic center, It has the status of cultural interest. It is located on the banks of the Tagus and offers privileged views in which the city is seen in its entirety. This monument was built by King Al Mamun during the tenth century. However, Galiana Palace would not receive such designation to the SXVI century, in memory of the great palaces and gardens where he lived the Muslim princess, Galiana, Galadre legendary king's daughter.
This palace has had many owners and guests to the fourteenth century, since it was ceded to the brotherhood of St. Lucia and then the monks of St. Jerome. However, the latter ended up selling the illustrious Portuguese resident in Toledo City, Dona Beatriz de Silva. In the second half of the nineteenth century the Empress Eugenia de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III, It was the owner of the Palace.
In 1959 the Palace was sold to Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and his wife Carmen Maranon. Thanks to the architect Fernando Chueca and historian Manuel Gómez-Moreno a project for the restoration Galiana performed by returning to its original splendor.
Nowadays, Galiana Palace consists of a rectangular dividing the nine rooms, as well as a patio, a pond and a beautiful garden.
It is a fifteenth-century medieval palace, Very rebuilt. The cover, but with original elements, It could be classified as neomudéjar. Plasterwork has a window sixteenth century, and a door with túmido brick arch and alfiz decorated with tiles. It has two columns with original capitals Islamic tenth century.
this palace, according to historians, It should call “Pantoja Palace”, denomination that had at least since the sixteenth century to be the home of Fernan Perez de Pantoja, sagreña lord of the town of Pantoja and known as “the Portugals ". In addition to the Pantoja, This building was also owned another important family toledana: the Gaytán.
This palace is one of the most representative examples of the different typical homes. Its Moorish style patio, along with your decor, based on plasterwork and tilework, are its main attractions. Over time it has undergone numerous restorations. Today it houses the Social and Cultural Work of Caja de Castilla-La Mancha.
The Archbishop's Palace is one of the architectural achievements of vaster dimensions of the Spanish city of Toledo. typologically, It is not a unitary building, for in it they are superimposed various artistic styles. In the thirteenth century Alfonso VIII donated to the Archbishop Don Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada few houses located opposite the cathedral. Slowly, This space was expanding, through the work of the various prelates, they were succeeding in the diocese, settling the palace, as such, progressively.
Cardinal Mendoza was the first prelate, in the second half of the fifteenth century it raises the first arc passageway palace or binding of this construction, with neighboring cathedral. Later, from the year 1541, profound remodeling were performed, picking out, to design traces, Alonso de Covarrubias.
The Archbishop's Palace shows, nowadays, as a complex set, with outward oriented stays, through numerous openings, that pierce the facades, internally connected by runners.
Fuensalida Palace is a palace built in the first half of the fifteenth century. It is the current seat of the Presidency of Castilla-La Mancha. Fuensalida Palace was ordered to build by Pedro Lopez de Ayala and Castaneda, I Count of Fuensalida, the early fifteenth century.
During the sixteenth century it hosted the court of Empress Elizabeth of Portugal while the Alcázar works were executed, and in the same place he died in childbirth with their sixth child, Juan, the 30 April 1539. The building is located in the Plaza del Conde, next to the Church of Santo Tomé. Today is the seat of the Presidency of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha and venue of the plenary sessions of the Governing Council.
The history of the Palace of Fuensalida Toledo to historical figures such as Garcilaso de la Vega links, El Greco, or Lope de Vega, but especially those of Charles I and his wife Empress Elizabeth of Portugal, mother of Philip II. The facade of the palace is ribboned factory masonry and brick pilasters. His austerity does not reveal the refinement of the interior, their facing rooms open to a large arcaded courtyard of rectangular structure, arranged on two levels. It highlights the power, styling and verve of his sixteen octagonal pilasters crowned by capitals, decorated with heads and shields of the Ayala family and Castaneda.
But besides the city of Toledo, toledanos different municipalities hold important palaces such as the municipality of Oropesa (Palacio Condal ), Ocaña (Palacio de los Cárdenas), La Puebla de Montalbán (Palace of the Counts of La Puebla Montalban), and Consuegra (priory palace).
Meanwhile palaces travel, It is always a good choice to eat to recharge your batteries and keep watching palaces in the restaurant scorching Toledo. This grill has an extensive menu with various specialties; especially, grilled meat as it's own parenting Anoja both beef and Iberian pork bait field. This restaurant is a perfect place for lunch or dinner to enjoy their fresh food, tapear with friends or even dinner equipment and expeditions in which this grill has budgets as.
Talk of Castilla-La Mancha is talk of Tembleque. This Manchegan town, located in Toledo, It is one of the jewels of the autonomous community. White lime shines on the facades. Tembleque history is linked to the city of Toledo. One of the main sites of interest is, without a doubt, Plaza Mayor Tembleque. In fact, It is listed as a Cultural from 1973 and is the square where groups most townsfolk. It is a building manchega: square base surrounded by buildings with two floors with runners. These were built to facilitate the view of the markets and bullfights that were held in the square, very similar to the comedy theater. The ground floor is arcaded and held by granite columns. further, ornamentations in plaster crosses represent the Knights Hospitaller, as a tribute to its medieval protection.
Meanwhile the main building is the Municipality of Tembleque, Baroque, It was added to the set in the seventeenth century. further, This square has a Ethnographic museum, located at number 1 Plaza Mayor, to meet with full depth the history of Tembleque.
Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
The main religious building is the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, received designation as a Cultural Year 2012. It is Gothic, urban character. It begins to build from 1509, in tribute to the contributions made by Cardinal Cisneros to participate in the Campaign Oran, to spread Christianity in a Muslim region. Tembleque contributed to this Expedition of Oran with one million maravedíes and a company of soldiers. It is a very fast construction. The church rises from head to toe. Of notable interest, but he lost in the Civil War, It was the main altarpiece. This ostentatious whole sixteenth century, architectural synthesis, sculpture and painting, It is structured into a base, four overlapping bodies and an attic, divided in turn into intercolumnios, where sculptures are housed, and integrated streets paintings.
Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption of Tembleque
It composed of a ship with Latin cross, protrude from the whole tower and two side chapels of the eighteenth century, Jesus of Nazareth dedicated to the Virgen del Rosario and.
Casa Palacio de las TorresAmong the civil architecture stands the Casa de las Torres, Baroque palace built in the mid-eighteenth century by Antonio Fernandez-Alejo, Knight of the Order of Santiago who made his fortune in the Americas. The building was declared Cultural Interest in the year 1979.
La Casa de las Torres, as vulgarly it called the palace of the Fernández-Alejo, It is liable for all kind of hikers. Construction of the palace was personal idea of D. Antonio Fernandez-Alejo, one of the members of this illustrious family of Tembleque, who wanted to materialize and part of the great fortune made in America. Is aboutone of the last baroque buildings in Spain, highlighting the facade, crowned with a family coat of arms flanked by two caravels. Built around a central courtyard, Inside it is now in ruins, You can be accessed only with a permit from City Hall. The pinnacle of the left tower is many yearshome to a family of storks, building a nest at that time of enormous dimensions.
Ermita de la Veracruz
Among religious architecture, in addition to the Church of the Assumption, we must mention the Ermita de la Veracruz, made in the image and likeness of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. One of the most unique and atypical monuments of this area is the chapel of Veracruz. Centralized plant building, resolves into an octagon topped dome that is not trasdoses abroad.
It is a funerary construction because it has been buried for many years a member of the illustrious family of Torres. Suffice it to observe their extreme sobriety and architectural purity to lock this building in the second half of the eighteenth century. Specifically dating 1792, dieciochesca decade in which neoclassical debugging begins in Spain. This chapel has been restored by Tembleque III Workshop School Municipal Library and Archive.
And to conclude your visit Tembleque, what better to do some windmills windmills.
effectively, near the village, outside, on a hill you find two replicas of windmills recently built, although remnants of the original mills late sixteenth century are preserved.
In conclusion, only to see his lovely Plaza Mayor, worth making a trip from Madrid to the Toledo town located at the gates of La Mancha.
further, This town is very close to several restaurants associated with the scorching brand, The Capricho de los Torres in Villacañas, a 17 minutes (18 km), o Canela y Limon and Gastrobar El Pesca in Consuegra, a 28 minutes (37 km) ideal for tasting quality gastronomy, during your getaway, thanks to its specialties in grilled meats from its own aging. .