Toledo - medieval melting pot of cultures

The former capital city was built on a hill overlooking the river Tajo and the Mancha plain. It was a Roman city called Toletum, then the Visigoths created their kingdom of Toledo in 546 AC. The Umayyad Califate of Damascus took over the rule over Toledo area in 746 AC. Since then the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures coexisted in this town which can be still seen in monuments. In 1085, King Alfonso IV took over the rule. Their was strong interaction between people of different origin which fostered translation of litterature and scientific texts from Arabic to Hebrew and to Latin to make knowledge available to the rest of Europe. The Roman Catholic Archidiocese of Toledo was very powerful and also responsible for a blood bath against the Jews of Toledo in 1212. The city was declared a UNESCO world heritage in 1986.
The modern part of Toledo is located on the plain beneath the historic city center, also equipped with a direct train to Madrid.
 
Puerta de Bisagra 

Puerta de Bisagra, moorish style

Puerta del sol

Puerta del sol

 
Catedral de Toledo
Catedral de Toledo
Prado museum

North tower of the Catedral


Synagogue el Transito

Synagogue el Transito
Torah ark

Torah ark, Heikhal


Santa María la Blanca

Synagogue Santa María la Blanca
Synagogue Santa María Mudéjar

Synagogue Santa María, Mudéjar style


Catedral Santa María

Catedral Santa María
Interior Catedral Santa María

Interior Catedral Santa María


Altar Catedral Santa María

Altar Catedral Santa María
Catedral Sala Capitular

Sala Capitular, Catedral


San Ildefonso, iglesia de los Jesuitos

San Ildefonso, iglesia de los Jesuitos
El Cristo de la Luz, mezquita

El Cristo de la Luz, Mezquita


El Cristo de la Luz, mezquita, north side

El Cristo de la Luz, north side
El Cristo de la Luz

El Cristo de la Luz


El Cristo de la Luz, mezquita, top

El Cristo de la Luz, mezquita, top view
Alcázar de Toledo

Alcázar de Toledo


Museo de Santa Cruz

Museo de Santa Cruz
Nuevo puente de Alcántara, Toledo

Nuevo puente de Alcántara





 

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