Hotel Boutique El Cigarral de las Mercedes

Ctra. Piedrabuena, 72, Toledo, 45004, Spain
Hotel Boutique el Cigarral de las Mercedes
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Websites for stores in Toledo or Madrid that sell Damascene plates and Ceramic tiles

by jlau

I have been to Spain 4 times, I am looking for something specific in the Damascene plates and tiles. I can not find an email address or website for any shops, I want to buy from there, not ebay. let me know.

Re: Websites for stores in Toledo or Madrid that sell Damascene plates and Ceramic tiles

by worldinabag


In Madrid there is Antigua Casa Talavera. Address: Isabel la Católica 2, Ph: 91-547-34-17. They don't seem to have a website though. I guess ring them to check if they stock this style and if they'll ship to you. Good luck.

Re: Websites for stores in Toledo or Madrid that sell Damascene plates and Ceramic tiles

by qaminari

I don't see in what way this is a travel question, but google produces these:
Artestilo, Paseo del Prado, 10 & 12, Madrid 28014, Atocha
Artespaña, 2 Samuel Levi, Toledo, branches also in Madrid:
Smaller places may of course not have websites or e-mail addresses:
Casa Montero, 18 Circo Romano, Toledo
Arte Toledano, 10 Cristo de la Vega, Toledo
Hermanos Maldonado, 7 Plegadero, Toledo
Francisco Hernandez, Bloque Ayuntamiento, Toledo.

Re: Websites for stores in Toledo or Madrid that sell Damascene plates and Ceramic tiles

by juanruiz1330

It is impossible to find a store in Toledo that doesn't sell damasquinos. I'd avoid the places on the Calle de Comericio and near the Cathedral, as they tend to have higher prices. Try Espinosa on Calle Alfonso XII, a couple blocks beyond the Jesuit church. He gave me a 15% discount and talked about the process. You have to understand Spanish for the lecture, though.

Travel Tips for Toledo

Go to the heart of Toledo

by rexvaughan

While not geographically the center, Plaza Zocodover is clearly the heart of the city. Here you see locals meeting, tour buses stopping, tourists consulting maps. The TI is just a few meters off the plaza, the Cathedral a short walk, the Santa Cruz Museum just down a few steps, most of the buses in town seem to stop here and the little tourist tram departs and returns from here. As I have mentioned this is a prime spot for people watching, grabbing a meal or drink or an ice cream.

Just a friendly game of boules

by rexvaughan

Just across from our hotel was a lovely large public park where I wandered some, in the mornings for coffee, or just a general look at what was going on. On one visit I encountered a "boules" or "petanque" game (not sure what the Spanish call it). I sat for a while watching. There was a good deal of laughter and talking and one guy, in an effort to knock someone else's ball away, rolled his a a good 15 meters past the whole court. Finally the lady in the photo evidently won as she let out a whoop, laughed loudly and did some significant fist pumping. She even looked over at me and smiled. I noticed some of the older looking men (like the one on the left in the photo) had some kind of small chain they were carrying. This mystified me until, when the game was over, the older guy suspended his chain over the ball and picked it up with the magnet attached to the end. You can see the chain in his hand in the second picture.

Artesonados (wooden ceilings)

by SirRichard

If you visit San Juan de las Dueñas Monastery, pay attention at the upper cloister. Its ceiling is adorned with this wonderful wooden work, with painted badges and symbols of the Spain of that times.

Spanish inquisition

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Toledo, Madrid, Seville were the basic centers of the Spanish inquisition. This religious organization has brought Spain "black" glory. Fires on which burnt heretics, tortures, - all this till now is considered gloomy suits of judges a symbol of the fanatical Spanish Middle Ages.
However figures speak about something opposite. During the whole time of existence of inquisition in Spain there were executed 5 thousand person. In compare: in England - 30 thousand person, in Germany - 100 thousand. Almost 90% prebecome before the tribunal were sentenced to participation in construction of churches, pilgrimage, carrying of crosses, charity, a public repentance. Only as a last resort guilty it was sentenced to imprisonment. 3 % got on a fire.


by keeweechic

In the stores you will see some beautiful Damascene plates and large platters some with arabesques and others with geometric designs or religious patterns. You can also find lovely damascene jewellery. It seems however that most of this jewellery ware is for the tourist and the local or Spanish tourist rarely purchase it for wear.


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