TOLEDO, SPAIN – A City of Three Cultures

If you are travelling to Madrid, don’t miss out on this beautiful and ancient city nearby.

 

“Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments.”

 

Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries,

behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

“This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of Castile – La Mancha a real open-air museum,

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which has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site.”  -http://www.spain.info/en

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“Toledo (Latin: Toletum) is mentioned by the Roman historian Livy (ca. 59 BCE – 17 CE) as urbs parva, sed loco munita (“a small city, but fortified by location”).” – Wikipedia

“Toledo stands virtually in the centre of Spain.  It is strategically situated on a rocky bluff dominating a gorge, and surrounded on all sides but the north by the fast-flowing Tagus.” – http://www.toledo-turismo.com/es

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“Toledo thrives on tourism. In 1986 it was named a World Heritage Site. Thanks ironically in part to its easy access from Madrid, sightseers flock by day through the twisting streets visiting its national monuments, purchasing imitation swords, damascene shields, El Greco reproductions and Talavera tiles;

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by night Toledo recovers its silent magic, and its brilliant past is easily evoked by shadows cast in those dimly lit laneways and by the echoing footsteps of some lonely night owl. – http://www.spainthenandnow.com/spanish-history/toledo-historical-overview

 

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