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Toledo Monuments

The Cathedral
Is described as one of the most extraordinary in Spain. Construction was begun in 1226 but it took 300 years to build. The result is a mainly Gothic style building but showing a multitude of influences. Make sure that you walk all the way round and examine all four sides as each is very different. If you have time, take a tour of the museum inside where you will see a multitude of Spain's most precious paintings and the Cathedral treasure.

Town Hall
Opposite the Cathedral is the Town Hall , beneath which is the tourist office. The building is of Renaissance style with two towers with Baroque spires. Close by is the Convent of Santa Isabel de los Reyes, dating from 1477, the church is usually open all year round and contains two palaces.

The Alcazar
Perched on the highest point of the city is the Alcazar , a fortress that was once the imperial residence and later a military museum and library. This is the location where all the forts have been built since Roman times. On the eastern side you will see remains of the original castle. A terrace lookout offers wonderful views over the valley and the river. The Servando Castle across the river is also clearly visible.

Roman circus
Just outside the city walls you can visit the remains of a Roman circus. In the garden area near the Hospital de Tavera you will see what was once one of the largest in the Roman Empire and closest to the Circus Maximus in Rome which signifies the importance of Toledo in ancient times.

Throughout the city you will stumble across many churches, most of which are well preserved and quite unique. You will also discover the El Greco House Museum, an elegant building dedicated to the life of the celebrated painter. You will also notice the city walls and their various gateways. Crossing the river you will find the Alcantara Bridge, of Roman construction but later restored by the Arabs and Christians. It has a Mudejar tower and a10th century Moorish tower.

Wherever you walk around the edge of the city, you will obtain panoramic views and every angle is different.

 

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