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Toledo Tourist Guide – Spain

By Evan Peter Subscribe to RSS | March 27th 2012 | Views:

Toledo is the capital city of Castilla Y La Mancha and located at a distance of forty miles from Madrid. Toledo is an amazing city and has a number of attractions for visitors and this city is also known for the name of its greatest painter El Greco, who lived in this city towards the end of 16th century.

Toledo has a rich historical background on account of its great strategic position. The city was first made the capital of the region during the Visigoth rule in the 5th century. During the 6th century it was occupied by Moors and this was the golden period of the city as a lot of growth and development happened at this time. In 1561, the city was occupied by Philip I and at this time the economy suffered, but this did not have any effect on the historical monuments of the city as they were kept well preserved by the administration.

The cathedral in Toledo is the landmark of city and it was built over several centuries, starting from 1227 and ending in 1493. This cathedral is one of the finest buildings in Spain. The cathedral also contains unique collections of the artistic works of famous artists like El Greco, Velazquez and Goya.

The San Tome Church is also located near the cathedral. This is a small church which was built during the 14th century and contains the paintings of some great artists like El Greco especially his masterpiece, the portrait titled El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz.

Alcazar Castle in Toledo is another tourist attraction. This castle went through great destruction during successive invasions, but the structure was rebuilt later and now contains a military museum which is a very interesting to visit.

During the middle Ages, the city was dominated by the Jewish population and you will find their traces in the form of Santa Maria La Blanca and El Transito which are antique synagogues located in the old Jewish sector. El Transito was built in the beginning of the 14th century by Samuel Levi and today it also contains a small museum, while the Santa Maria La Blanca was constructed during the 12th century and later on turned into a church in 1942.

Barajas is the nearest airport located in Madrid and you can easily reach Toledo via train or bus. Transport services are really good in this area.

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