Spain 2012-2 Toledo

Alcazar and Saint Martin’s bridge from bridge Puente de Azarquiel

We took a day trip to Toledo from Madrid via Renfe train, an easy journey of half an hour each way. Once alighted at Toledo station we proceed on foot. A few minutes later we reached the east bank of River Tagus at bridge Puente de Azarquiel and were greeted at that point by a stunning view. Straddling across the river is the beautiful Saint Martin’s bridge, or Puente de San Martin, and hugging the hill to the west of the river are handsome stone buildings suggestive of bygone times. Rising above the town is the Alcazar.

Once over the bridge, we got on a bus that took us to Plaza Zocodover, the main square in town. Shops and restaurants surround the square. Through an arch at the square you’ll find a statue of Cervantes. For those who are interested, there is the beginning of Cervantes’ and Don Quixotes’ legend to be traced.

Next we tried the Alcazar, which is one of the top attractions and situated right next to the square, but it closes on Wednesdays. As if to compensate us for that loss, we discovered by a little notice that the cafe on the 9th floor of the Alcazar’s south west tower, wonderful views of Toledo awaited and indeed were thus generously rewarded.

Toledo is charmingly quaint. Strolling through its cobble stone paved narrow streets, you’ll find lots of architectural details to admire. The crowning jewel of Toledo, the former capital of Spanish kingdom, is unquestionably its great cathedral. The timeless saying of seeing is believing couldn’t be any truer here. None of the travel reviews, photos and videos could have prepared me enough for it. Walking into the cathedral and catching the first sight of its interior, tears came up to my eyes. Its colossal columns, sky reaching ceiling, stained glasses, its magnificent choir and the organs combined produced an overwhelming effect on me. As I proceeded, I discovered more incredible spectacles, its altar and treasury among others. Its beauty and grandeur climaxed however in the ambulatory. From ceiling to floor, dome, columns, paintings and sculptures blend into an awe-inspiring master piece, simply breathtakingly beautiful. I gaped and stared until my neck was about to fall off.

Before leaving, we took a taxi to a lookout on the south bank of River Tagus where wonderful panoramic views of Toledo ended the day with a high note.

P.S.
Toledo Damascene is a most unique, one of a kind, beautiful craft. I fell for
it head over toe. You can find it in other cities other than Toledo, more in
Madrid than Barcelona that I saw, but you definitely find a larger variety
available in Toledo. Check it out if you are there. The other famous Toledo
craft is swords.

Toledo Cathedral seen from Alcazar’s south west tower

Toledo Cathedral – Choir

Toledo Cathedral – Stunning Panel in the main chapel

Toledo Cathedral – Ambulatory 1

Toledo Cathedral – Ambulatory 2

Toledo Cathedral – Ambulatory 3

Toledo Cathedral – Facade

River Tagus seen from Museo Victorio Macho

A house perched on a cliff south of River Tagus

Panoramic view of Toledo

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2 Responses

  1. The cathedral looks stunning. Thanks for sharing!

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