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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.

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