Curiously, although I am from Madrid, I had not seen Toledo in depth, only a few visits with my family when I was little.
40 minutes from Madrid is a great visit to a monumental city.
Toledo is a city located in the center of Spain, capital of the homonymous province and of the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.
Toledo is known as the city of three cultures after having been inhabited for centuries by Christian Jews and Arabs and “The Imperial City” for having been the seat of the court of Carlos I of Spain in the Hispanic kingdoms.
The city is located on the right bank of the Tagus on a hill one hundred meters above the river that surrounds its baforming a closed curve known as Torno del Tajo. It has a dispersion of configuration with the neighborhoods widely separated from the nucleus: the sugar on the right bank of the river that has its origin in an old neighborhood of the city is located about 7 kilometers from the city center while the Santa María de Benquerencia It is practically opposite the old one on the left bank of the Tagus its center located about 8 km from the city.
The city of Toledo was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1940, UNESCO later received the title of World Heritage Site in 1987.
* Castillo de San Servando. Medieval castle near the banks of the Tagus River and the Infantry Academy.
* Cathedral of Santa Maria. Gothic in style, it dates from the 13th century. Inside is a transparent Baroque Saint Narcissus.
* Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. In Elizabethan Gothic style it dates from the 15th century.
* Museum-Hospital of Santa Cruz. In Renaissance style, it dates from the 16th century.
* El Greco Museum. House-museum conceived as a recreation of the artist’s house that was lost centuries ago. It houses several important paintings.
* Santa María la Blanca. At first it was a synagogue and later it became a Christian church. It is in the Mudejar style of the 12th century.
* Synagogue of the Transit. Located in the Jewish quarter, it houses the Sephardic Museum.
* Hospital de Tavera Duque de Lerma Museum. In Renaissance style, it dates from the 16th century. It influenced the layout of El Escorial.
* Church of Santiago del Arrabal. Mudejar style.
* Church of Santo Tomé. In Mudejar style from the 14th century, it houses the famous burial of Count Orgaz El Greco.
* The Cristo de la Luz a small mosque the oratory made in 999 that later will be extended with a Mudejar apse for its conversion into a church.
* Galiana Palace dates from the 13th century in Mudejar style.
* Mosque of Tornerías in the 11th century.
* Alcazar is a fortified rock located in the highest part of the city overlooking the city. It is the 16th century. As of 2009 it will host the collection of the Army Museum.
* Puerta del Sol and Moorish style door built by the Knights Hospitallers in the 14th century.
* New Door of Bisagra. Alonso de Covarrubias 16th century based on Arabic.
* Puerta de Bisagra Vieja or Puerta de Alfonso VI.
* Puerta del Cambrón. From the Muslims and from the 16th century.
* San Román (Museum of Councils and Visigoth culture).
* Hermitage of Cristo de la Vega. Mudejar style and from the 11th century.
* Alcántara Bridge.
To commemorate the fourth centenary of the publication of the first part of Don Quixote (El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha) the Junta de Communities de Castilla La Mancha designed a series of routes through the region crossing the various points of the novel is cited. It is known as the Don Quixote Route and two of the design routes sections 1 and 8 are based in Toledo: those that link the city with Castilla La Mancha and the Montes de Toledo, taking advantage of the natural route that crosses the Cigarrales and leads to Cobisa Nambroca Burguillos de Toledo where it takes the Camino Real de Sevilla in turn suddenly towards Mascaraque Almonacid de Toledo in the background in its surroundings near Mora in La Mancha.