Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Travel Tuesday no.18 // Toledo

Our day trip to Toledo was a perfect way to end off this leg of our journey. We spent the morning and afternoon walking around this city, which is known for its rich historical heritage (such as the co-existence of Jews, Christians and Muslims). Toledo was formerly Spain's capital, was once home of King Charles V, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is so beautiful and well preserved. I loved exploring it in the limited time we had.

One of the greatest Gothic structures in Europe is the Gothic Cathedral of Toledo. Just thinking about how old the structure is blows my mind. It dates back from the thirteenth century.

Across from the Cathedral was the beautiful town hall, which was designed by the famous Spanish architect Juan de Herrera. He also designed royal residences and Plaza Mayor in Madrid. 

One of the highlights of our day trip to Toledo was seeing the amous El Greco painting - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Our guide explained the history behind the work and all the details of the painting to us, and the explanation of the intricacies made the work so much more meaningful. No photos were allowed inside the Church of Santo Tomé where the painting is located, so below is a photo of a picture of the painting, lol. 

We also stopped by the Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, which is considered one of the oldest synagogues in Europe still standing. I love how this structure is evidence of the co-existence of the different cultures in Toledo - the Jewish synagogue was built by Islamic architects when the kingdom of Castille was under Christian rule.

Toledo is a lovely city and an easy day trip from Madrid (it is less than an hour by train). It's definitely worth a visit if you're ever in Madrid and looking to explore other areas near it.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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