Toledo is a Spain’s historic city located in the south of Madrid the capital city of Spain. The ancient Toledo city sit on the hills surrounding by river, the whole city cover by fortress. Toledo has it own unique architecture by religion diversity., Christians, Muslims and Jews.
We started from Madrid by car so we can absorb Spanish atmosphere along the way. A while after left the city we started to see infinity hills view and uncommon trees that we have back at home in Thailand like those olive fields. All shades of green on the yellow sandy soil hills. It was such a great idea travelling on the road to Toledo.
On the way we stopped for breakfast at the gas station, most of the gas station has a Tapas Bars that are serving from coffee, tea, breakfast to Tapas and drinks.
73Km. away from Madrid it took us about 90 minutes to get there. It was convenient way and traffic wasn’t bad after we left the central Madrid. In every little town we drove passed has it own stunning castle and church.
We parked the car outside of the town about 5 minutes walk to the city gate. Front gate has very nice decoration and well maintain garden. Following the road up to the city was beautiful climb up hills.
Toledo has it charm by it size and it unorganized town plan that will helping you to get lost easily. On top of the two reasons why Toledo is so charming is the unique architecture influenced by 3 religions diversity Christians, Muslims and Jews. We wandering around the city by foot checking out all 3 religions historic places. And yes and we get lost!
On the way down we choose to get down by the escalator that took us to the side gate ground. This is the option for you if you don’t want to climb up the city.
Must Visit Places in Toledo
- Alcázar of Toledo Once used as a Roman Palace in the 3rd Century
* fun fact : An alcázar is a type of Moorish Castle or Palace in Spain and Portugal built during Muslim rule. Although some were founded by Christians and other were built on earlier Roman or Visigothic fortifications *
Now Alcázar of Toledo known as the Museum of the Army or Museo Del Ejercito. Entrance Fee 5€
- Mosque Cristo de la Luz Built in 999. The first historic place after entered the city gate it is the only one of ten mosque that once existed in the city, which remains largely as it was in Moorish period.
- Cathedral of Toledo The Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo is a Roman Catholic church. One of the three 13the Century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain. The main church of Toledo built in 1226 finished in 1443. Inside is amazingly beautiful a wealth of artwork, the main chapel, Retable, Stained glass windows. The most impressive that’s really impressed us was El Transperente
One of the most outstanding features of the Cathedral is the Baroque altarpiece. El Transparente is several storys high and is extraordinarily well-executed with fantastic figures done in stucco, painting, bronze castings, and multiple colors of marbles. Baroque in Gothic cathedral a fantastic contrast.
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