Toledo is the place where you can witness a European city symbolising a multi-cultural and multi-religious medieval society. The once imperial city is known as the “City of the Three Cultures” where Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures lived together.
This small city, only 70 km away from Madrid, is a perfect destination for a day trip from Madrid. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the old town of Toledo for spectacular historical churches, synagogues and mosques spread through the cobblestone narrow streets.
Let’s take a walk
We enter the city through the majestic city gate, Puerta de la Bisagra and start our time travel from 10th to 21st century.
Our first stop is Monastery of Saint John of the Kings which was built in the heart of the Jewish quarter in 15th century to demonstrate the power of the Catholic kingdom.
Now that we are in the Jewish quarter it is obvious we’ll come across Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, which is considered as Europe’s oldest synagogue still standing. After a short walk we stop by Synagogue El Tránsito which is famous for its similarities to the Alcazar of Seville and the Alhambra palaces in Granada.
Let’s stroll around the many plazas till we reach the majestic Toledo Cathedral, Santa Iglesia Catedral Primeda de Toledo. This Roman Catholic Cathedral dating back from 13th century is the master of Gothic architecture.
If you have powers let’s walk through the narrow streets of Toledo and climb to the highest point of the city where the Moors built the Fortress Alcazar in the 10th century.
Walking around the plazas and cobblestone narrow streets of Toledo is a highlight already, especially at night. Get lost in a labyrinth of history and follow the path of city walls to have a panoramic view of this old imperial city.
All photos by Ingmar Sörgens
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