Friday, November 10, 2023


 This amazing city is well worth the hour long drive from Madrid. Although the population today is less than 100,000, Toledo was twice the capital of Spain for extended periods. It is rich in history and culture and lined with narrow, winding streets that beckon a leisurely stroll. 


                                               A street named for the sister city of Toledo, Ohio. 


The Cathedral alone justifies a trip to Toledo. It took more than 250 years to construct and now houses spectacular treasures, including paintings by Goya and El Greco.


                                                                A stunning ceiling fresco


                                                        The Disrobing of Christ, by El Greco


El Transparente is remarkable. A large skylight cut through the wall of the Cathedral allows light to enter and illuminate the tabernacle. An absolutely unique lighting effect.


                             The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, by El Greco, in the Church of Santo Tome

Until they were expelled in 1492, Toledo had a vibrant Jewish community. Some religious monuments remain, including the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. Interestingly, it was constructed by Moorish workers, on Christian soil. Many elements of the Mudejar style are evident. The cross confirms that the structure was used as a church for some time, beginning in the 15th century. 

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