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Sightseeing in Toledo - what to see. Complete travel guide

This is a small provincial town located near Madrid. Toledo is considered the cultural capital of Spain. The medieval charm of this place can’t fail to leave indifferent absolutely any traveler. Even one walk through the picturesque streets and boulevards will bring an unforgettable experience, while widest choice of excursions will surely make this holiday an exciting and unique one.
Toledo is the timeless city. Its unique way of life hasn’t changed for hundreds years. Of course, Toledo is the modern and rapidly developing city, but its cultural traditions remain … Open
A medieval fortress is the most famous historical monument of this place. Nowadays it has been turned into Museum of Siege. The exposition of the museum will provide you with information about the heroic past of the fortress. During its long history the fortress survived in more than one storm. Several times it was destroyed and rebuilt. Art lovers should definitely visit Museum of El Greco dedicated to the great Spanish artist. In addition to the fine paintings, the museum exhibits a collection of furniture and elements of decor that have stood here since the lifetime of the owner.
Monastery of Santo Domingo el Antiguo is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful architectural complexes. Step inside and you will see an amazing altar decorated with paintings of the aforementioned artist. The tomb of El Greco is also located on the territory of the monastery. The locals never forget about this remarkable man who has brought glory to their city. Another significant religious landmark that is worth visiting is the local cathedral. During its 15 century history this sacred place has repeatedly changed its status. During the times of the Moors it was converted into a mosque, and then the cathedral was considered a Christian church. Finally, in 1226 it was completely destroyed and instead of a small church here appeared a majestic cathedral. One of the cathedral’s rooms exhibits a collection of sculptures and paintings. Among the historical monuments we should also mention San Servando Castle, as many interesting legends and stories are connected with it. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
One of the main landmarks of Toledo is the fascinating Alcazar fortress, which has been built in the mid15th century and has witnessed a huge number of battles. During its long history, the … Open
The city has maintained fragments of ancient fortifications. The most beautiful one is the Bisagra Gate. This majestic gate, decorated with the sculptures of royal figures was built in the 16th century. Since the foundation, it remains in its original form. Once, it met travelers who arrived in the city from Madrid side. Nowadays, the historic gate is surrounded by landscaped gardens and buildings of different epochs.
No less bright architectural monument of the Middle Ages is St. Martin's Bridge created in the 13th - 14th centuries. This beautiful arched bridge across the Tagus River is located near the historic district of Toledo. Viewing platforms that offer many famous sights are located nearby. The bridge was considerably reconstructed in the 16th century. It had been supplemented by two stone towers and stayed the same since.
Toledo would certainly please those who like to relax away from the bustle of big cities, walk through the picturesque parks and visit interesting shops. The city is famous for its … Open
Beautiful San Juan de Los Reyes monastery is considered one of the most spectacular architectural monuments in the city. It was built in the 15th century and is an example of a rare Isabelino style. The monastery is decorated with numerous carved towers and large windows of elongated shape. The tiled roof gives the building a special charm. From the moment of its foundation to the present time, this is a functioning monastery. Nowadays, it is located on the territory of a picturesque landscape garden.
The most beautiful monument of pristine architecture is the synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, built for the urban Jewish community in the 11th century. The very first building was completely destroyed by fire in the 13th century. Later it was rebuilt in accordance with the original. For hundreds of years of existence, beautiful carved columns, stucco work, tiled floor, massive wooden doors, and other design elements have been preserved in the synagogue.
1.Going for a walk, it isn’t recommended to bring documents and other valuable things without the special need; it’s better to store them in a safe of a hotel room. Don’t … Open
Just outside of the city, the most popular viewing platform called Mirador del Valle is located. It is situated near the ringway that encircles the city. The platform offers a wonderful view of the river, the valley, and the historic quarter of Toledo. This picturesque place will surely be of interest for curious tourists and experienced photographers.
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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Toledo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Monreal' Toledo, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of San Servando' Toledo, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Alcázar of Toledo' Toledo, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Guadamur' Toledo, 12.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Almonacid' Toledo, 19.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Toledo
♥   Regional Park 'Curso Medio del Río Guadarrama y su entorno' , 49.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nacional Park 'Cabañeros' , 65.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Pozo del Moro' , 66.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Park 'Ejes de los Cursos Bajos de los Ríos Manzanares y Jarama' , 72.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nacional Park 'Tablas de Daimiel' , 85.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Toledo and around
♥   Art museum 'Sacristy of Toledo Cathedral' Toledo, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Casa y Museo El Greco' Toledo, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Toledo from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Royal Palace of Madrid

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
There you can see a rich collection of old weapons. The halls are decorated with portraits of Spain rulers and their family members. Great porcelain meals, neoclassical furniture, amazing cut-glass chandeliers and the world largest collection of Stradivarius violins. It is only a small part of the collections that have placed in the palace. The most beautiful hall in the residence is the Throne Room. It is made in the rococo style. There has saved the ceiling of 1764 that was ornamented by the best Venetian masters. The Throne Room is lightened with luxurious cut-glass chandeliers. It is decorated with a number of magnificent elements made from precious metals. … Read further

Estacion de Atocha

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
The main place of interest at the station is the tropical garden. The history of its appearance is very interesting. Today you will see there more than seven thousand plants, a great collection of tortoises and fish, brought by locals. For last years the station has been a place for thematic exhibitions and trade fairs. … Read further
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