TOLEDO

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Located very close to Madrid, Toledo suffers the same fate as many Spanish cities. Former capital of the Visigothic kings, later a huge center of trade and craft during the Muslim period, it gradually lost its importance when the Spanish kingdom became more and more centralized in favour of Madrid. However, it never lost its charm and it can boast to be the home and workshop of one of the most famous artist of the Spanish renaissance : El Greco.

But first of all, the main landmark of Toledo is, of course, the Alcazar :


Situated on top of a rocky outcrop and protected by the Tago river, Toledo was a perfectly protected city.

The Museo de Santa Cruz (belowhas some artefacts from Roman and Muslim time which show the layer of history left by time in the city :


The museum of Santa Cruz, located in an ancient convent.


Here is a mosaic from the Roman period, celebrating the seasons.



This tombstone is a testimony of the Muslim era.

Of course, just like any city in Spain of even the most lightest importance, Toledo has its cathedral :


Just in front of the townhall itself :


But let's not forget that during the heydays of Al-Andalus, there was a thriving Jewish community in Toledo, and Toledo had, like many other cities, a Jewish quarter with the mandatory synagogue and this one is probably the best conservated in the whole peninsula :


And a stone-throw from that synagogue you will encounter the Museo del Greco, located in an old house where the artist is supposed to have lived.



Here is a painting by one of this groundbreaking artist :



In conclusion, Toledo is everything you can wish you for from a Spanish city : historic, artistic, nostalgic, a place where Time is not a straight line but a succession of layers which cohabit with one another.







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