Toledo: From the Depths of Idyllic Past

Alcazar Toledo

Alcazar sitting on Top of the Hill

Most often, when people plan for a trip to Spain, their itinerary features Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Andalusia region prominently. But Spain has so many overlooked gems in its basket of historical and cultural prominence. Even if you are on a tight schedule and / or shoe-string budget, you must not miss visiting Toledo, just 70 km south of Madrid. It is generally considered a day-trip but i will strongly recommend spending few days in this erstwhile capital of Spain, owing to the uniqueness and magnanimity of this adoring place.

Toledo Cathedral from Alcazar

View of Toledo from top of Alcazar with Cathedral on the Left

Above photograph of the picturesque, walled city of Toledo in Spain was shot from the top of the stone fortress and palace of Alcazar – the highest point of the city. It provides a magnificent view (and depth of view, too!) of the medieval city with its famous monuments and historic buildings. In this shot, apart from the Cathedral, Churches of Santo Tome and San Roman (at the far end of the photo), located on the west side of the walled city can also be seen.

Courtyard of Alcazar Toledo

Courtyard of Alcazar Toledo

At the present day Alcazar, there stood a Roman palace in the third century. The building that you see today was inspired from the Renaissance style of architecture. Irony of Alcazar is that it was never lived by the Spanish kings, because before the completion of its construction, capital of Spain was moved from Toledo to Madrid. Alcazar stands testimony to the historic Spanish Civil War of 1936. The palace, at a walking distance from Plaza de Zocodover, was  renovated in 1940 and today it houses Spain’s official military museum, Museo del Ejercito. 

Cathedral Toledo

Toledo CathedralSecond biggest cathedral of Spain, after the cathedral in Seville is located in Toledo. Built in 13th century, this enormous Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo is the most important church in Spain because of its historic and ecclesiastical importance as it has been the residence of high-ranking Catholic Bishops and clergies over the ages.  One of the finest cathedrals of Spain with stunning stained glass windows and frescoes is built on top of a Moorish mosque.

Once inside the Cathedral, you will encounter the Gothic and Renaissance style of artwork. There are huge oil paintings of Toledo Cardinals, painted by the likes of Goya. Walls and ceilings of the cathedral are decorated by the frescoes painted by Juan de Borgoña, Lucas Giordano, Francisco Bayeu and Maella. There is an inspiring art gallery also with some masterpieces. Seeing these paintings and art works, i was transported back in time, wondering about the magical time their creators must have had, sitting idyllic in this gem of a city, sitting majestically on a hill.

Toledo Cathedral

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Have you been to Toledo? How was your experience with the history and culture of Spain and Toledo, in particular? Do share with us.

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42 Responses to Toledo: From the Depths of Idyllic Past

  1. nestax says:

    Wonderful reminder of a stay in Toleda almost 10 years ago! Thanks for the beautiful pictures!!! Cheers

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    • I am glad you liked these pictures. Toledo is a lovely small place, very artistic and picturesque. I would love to visit it again and stay for a longer time period this time. It’s a wonderful experience. I hope you too had fond memories of the place.

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    • nestax says:

      Right with everything you said – and yes, I had a marvellous time there (and throughout the whole trip through Spain then!). Always good to know like-minded people. Cheers!

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    • Toledo has some very fine memories for me. This was the place I walked so much, up and down the slopes, captured so many interesting photos and reached back my hostel only after midnight as I was attending one public party at the Centro. It was kind of my first tryst with such an energetic crowd in the party. I also had the chance to attend a flamenco performance by local artists near the main church. Since during that time, Toledo was celebrating the festival, whole city was decorated beautifully. May be, you can say I got this lust for traveling from Toledo itself 🙂

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  2. Wow… Incredible architecture…

    What a great variety of stunning images !!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this excellent post, Suyash 🙂

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    • Yes Sreejith, Toledo is a very captivating small town. Heaven for photographers i must say.

      Thanks for visiting my post and appreciating it Sreejith. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  4. These are gorgeous photos. I particularly like the first two and the second-to-last one. It is hard to create great photos in harsh mid-day sunlight, but you use the contrast to your advantage and the colors really pop. I am going to have to put this place on my travel to-do list!

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    • Thanks Jessica for your appreciation. Yes, its tough in mid-sun. Often, while traveling, you do not have a choice to click in morning or evening. But on this, k was kind of lucky to get a decent click. Do visit Toledo, it will be an amazing experience…i tell you :):)

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  5. Candia says:

    Yes, would love another trip there.
    Thanks for my recent ‘likes’.

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  6. Impressive description of Toledo and your photos are stunning! 🙂

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  7. Ramya says:

    Am planning a trip to Spain later this year, will keep this in mind Suyash! Great article 🙂

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    • Fantastic Ramya. And another interesting city closer to Madrid is Segovia, which you must fit in your itinerary. I am sure you will also plan trips to down south of Spain in the region if Andalusia to visit Seville and Granada. Do let me know for any questions, i can help you out with some ideas on how to keep your Spain trip in low budget affair. 🙂

      Thanks Ramya for visiting my blog and your appreciation. 🙂

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  8. thanks for visiting my blog and giving all the likes. You have a very nice blog as well. I will be back to read more, God bless!

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  9. Jo says:

    Wonderful images. Thank you for transporting me to Toledo.

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  10. Enjoyed the tour and photos showcasing the various places you’ve seen. A worthy entry for the challenge. I liked it very much. Thank you ….

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  11. In Canada, there is nothing historical standing, that was built before the 1800’s, except for maybe a few military forts.
    Amazed by these pictures Suyash, and the architecture, such as that cathedral built in the 13th century is stunning. Would be amazing to see it all in real.
    Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    ~Carl~

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    • Hmmm….Spain is full of history and beautiful architecture, dating back to few centuries. Glad that you liked my posts and the photographs…Do visit this city when you plan for Spain. 🙂 🙂

      Have a great weekend, Carl

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  12. Norma says:

    What an amazing place to be at. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  13. Jaap Kroon says:

    Beautiful picture and surrounding!

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  14. akhilsethi says:

    Awesome post buddy! Beautiffuly described 🙂

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  15. Shyamola says:

    suyash you make me want to visit the place! thanks for the graphic descriptions and the lovely pictures

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    • Thank you madam for visiting Toledo, though virtually through my post, and for your kind words. You will love this place, i am sure. Its got so rich history and culture, dating back few centuries. And before Madrid, Toledo was the capital of Spain 😉

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  16. quarksire says:

    wow certainly nothing like toledo ohio lol…. 😎

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  17. mrsbearfoot says:

    Beautiful landscape and architecture! The interior of the cathedral is amazing!
    Sadly, the only Toledo I have visited is here in the States – Ohio. Though a great city, it cannot compare with Toledo of Spain. 🙂

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  18. Archita says:

    What a beautiful place! It’s going in my list now. 🙂

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    • Good to know you have added this place in your list, Archita. You must visit this place as its a unique and charming place to be in. Lots of history, rich culture in plenty here. 🙂

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  19. Helen C says:

    Never been there. Now it’s on my list 😉 Thanks for the wonderful picture and great info. Helen

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    • Toledo is just a 30 min travel on high speed train from Madrid. So, when you plan a trip to Spain, do not miss this. Its an amazing place with so much of experiences to collect by.

      Thanks for your kind words, Helen, as always. I very much appreciate those. Have a great weekend dear. 🙂

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