From Oropesa to Talavera
Oropesa lies 117 km from Toledo; a total of 81 km
on the C-502 to Talavera plus a further 36 km on the A-5 motorway.
Of pre-Roman origin, the town is presided over by the castle-palace-Castillo-Palacio
de los Alvarez de Toledo , containing elements from the 12th and
15th centuries, and which is now a Parador or state-run hotel.
Next to it is another Renaissance palace and nearby is also the
Gothic-Renaissance church-Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de
la Asunción. Other places of interest are the 15th century
former town hall and the enormous Iglesia de San Bernardo.
Back to the A-5 motorway, 36 km from Oropesa, we arrive to Talavera de la Reina, the most populous municipality in the whole province and with the largest industrial and commercial production, already mentioned in classical texts dating from 181B.C under the name of Aebura. It owes its present name to Queen Maria of Portugal, wife of Alfonso XI.
Highlights in Talavera include the Gothic-Mudejar
collegiate church-Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor, with
its beautiful facade, its graceful tower, a superb altarpiece
and a most charming cloister; and the Basílica de la Virgen
del Prado, an authentic museum of the very beautiful and famed
Talavera tilework, built between the 16th and the 17th centuries.
Other places of interest are the Iglesia de San Prudencio, the
Plaza del Pan , and the convents of San Agustín el Viejo
and Santiago el Viejo, which at present houses a museum - Museo
de Ruiz de Luna, devoted to ceramics.