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.