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Castilla-La Mancha Things to Do

  • Cathedral of Saint Mary

    Toledo Things to Do

    The central gate is the Puerta del Perdon (Door of Forgiveness) because when it was built in the 15th century, indulgences were sold here and those who came through this gate sins' were supposed to be forgiven. This is the central one of three gates/doors to the Cathedral, the others are called Puerta del Juicio Final (Last Judgement) and Puerta...

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  • Alcazar

    Toledo Things to Do

    Alcazar is the famous fortress of Toledo which has hosted the King of Spain for a short period during 16th century. After being the imperial residence, it has become a military academy. It also houses one of the largest public library in Spain. If you walk around the fortress you can catch some nice views.

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  • Walking

    Toledo Things to Do

    I'm not going to write about the main tourist sights/sites (apart from the stunning Cathedral) because there is ample information on Vt about these already. But do walk the old part Toledo, as much as you possibly can. It is a truly ancient settlement and you will, if you keep your eyes open, see much evidence of its antiquity. There is so much...

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  • Santa Maria la Blanca Sinagoga

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    This synagogue is one of the oldest continually occupied buildings in Europe. It was built beginning in 1203. The building is also referred to as St. Mary of the White. The inside of the building looks more like a mosque than it does a synagogue. Horseshoe arches dominate the building with a fantastic ceiling. The doors on the outside are extremely...

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  • Iglesia De Santo Tome

    4 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    One of the main reasons I was looking forward to seeing Toledo was to see the famous El Greco painting, "the Burial of the Count of Orgaz". El Greco is definitely a painter I like very much. You will see a lot of his work in Spain and particularly in Toledo, as he lived and painted here at the end of his life. El Greco arrived in Spain around...

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  • Plaza de Zocodover

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    This is the main plaza of the city. Buses to and from the train station and bus terminal stop here, fast food restaurants are here, and even a children's tourist train stops here. The plaza is built on the site of the ancient Arab market, and is very nice oasis with many trees.

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  • Puente de San Martin

    Toledo Things to Do

    The Puente de San Martin served as the western entrance to the city, Dating from the late 14th century, this was at one time the longest bridge of its kind. Its span is 40 meters and stands 27 meters above the River Tagus. I was reading that this bridge originally had more of a commercial purpose, as it had to be sturdy enough to be able to bear...

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  • Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    This monastery was originally built by the Reyes Catolicos, who wanted to commemorate the Battle of Toro, which paved the way for the unification of Spain under one crown. Also it honored the birth of their son, Prince Juan. The monastery was completed in 1504 and was given to the Fransiscan friars. Damaged by Napoleon, restoration was not fully...

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  • Casa de El Greco - The El Greco Museum

    Toledo Things to Do

    Pictures of Domenikos Theotokopulos (El Greco) and his pupils could be found in the museum. View of Toledo painted by El Greco and a many more great pictures of him. The house where the museum is situated is very typical example of Toledo architecture, so, it's also of interest to get inside.

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  • Puerta del Sol

    4 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    If you enter the walls of Toledo through the Puerta de Bisagra and go up Calle Real del Arrabal, you'll come upon the Puerta del Sol. This Mudejar gate was built during the 14th century, and it was then one of the only ways you could enter within the fortifications. Today it is open to visitors free of charge. You can climb up the narrow staircase...

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  • Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada

    Toledo Things to Do

    The history of this impressive cathedral dates back to 1227. There is so much to talk about in each section of this cathedral so I skip the details which can be read in the website. I will focus more on the ambiance of the cathedral which is not easy to get in every cathedral I visited. The silence was well maintained inside and the chapels were...

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  • Puerta de Bisagra

    4 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    The Puerta Nueva de Bisagra Gate is the main entrance to the old city. The gate is also known as the The new Bisagra Gate as there are two. The old Bisagra gate faces into the old city and was built during the city’s occupation of the Moors during the 6th and 7th centuries. The new gate was built during the 16th century and extended the original...

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  • Ayuntamiento - City Hall

    Toledo Things to Do

    Toledo is surrounded by massive fortifications that have survived in good shape to this day. Besides gates Cambron and Alcantara mensioned above, there are impressive gates Del Sol and Bisagra, as well as many towers.

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  • Sinagoga del Transito

    Toledo Things to Do

    Further up the road from the Santa Maria de Blanca museum is the Transito Synagogue. It is much more rewarding to visit. Built in 1357 by Samuel HaLevi Abufalia, when there was a large and prosperous Jewish community in Toledo the synagogue has wooden ceilings said to be made from imported cedars from Lebanon. The synagogue itself has been...

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  • Sephardic Museum

    Toledo Things to Do

    The Catholic Monarchs founded the SPANISH INQUISITION to root out those who didn't practice Christianity. The Inquisition was responsible for 12,000 deaths over 300 years, 2,000 of them in the 1480's. It focused initially on CONVERSOS(Jews who had converted to Christianity), accusing many of continuing to practice Judaism in secret. On year 1492,...

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  • St. Tome Church

    Toledo Things to Do

    Santo Tome Church is not a spectacular one with its architecture. However, it hosts "The Burial of Count Orgaz" which can be counted as one of the masterpieces from El Greco. There are many details in the painting which makes it more interesting. The admission fee is 2.5 Euros.

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  • El Greco

    Toledo Things to Do

    This is located in the southwestern part of town, in the Juderia (Jewish Quarter). This despite the fact that there is no proof that El Greco actually ever lived at this house. In any case they try to show how he might have lived with original time pieces, a few of his works concentrated on the time that he lived and worked in Toledo. Visiting...

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  • Mezquita de Cristo de la Luz

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    One of the few preserved edifices standing since before the Christian reconquest of Toledo, the Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz was built in the 10th century as a mosque. It was later converted into a church and during this time, Catholic frescos replaced Islamic ones on the inner walls. The contrast is great and, on a smaller scale, reminded me of...

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  • Puerta del Cambron

    Toledo Things to Do

    In the Western corner of the old city there are three interesting sites: San Juan monastery, gate Cambron, palace La Cava. Unfortunately the beautiful Gothic San Juan monastery was being renovated at the time of my visit, but I could appreciate its architectural majesty. Nearby is the gate Cambron and a castle-like palace La Cava.

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  • City Walls

    Toledo Things to Do

    Walk along the city walls but be careful if you're walking on them, it is a steep fall! Because of Toledo's location, surrounded by the river on three sides, the only possible way to attack Toledo would have to be from the north, which is where the highest and stoutest walls are.

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  • Jewish Quarter

    Toledo Things to Do

    Toledo has a rich Jewish history and two surviving synagogues attest to it. In a beautifully decorated XIV century synagogue Transito there is a small but good museum telling the story of Spanish Jews, their customs, dress and life. The Jewish quarter is located in the SW of old town. It was called Medinat Al Yahud and had its own wall. The two...

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  • Santa Cruz Museum

    Toledo Things to Do

    The Santa Cruz museum was originally an orphanage and its former wards are filled with a varied collection of furniture, tapestries and art from the 16th and 17th Centuries, most notable of which are a dozen or so El Greco's including his "Assumption of Mary." One can almost become blase about the great tilework in Spain and Portugal but there is...

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  • Plaza de Toros

    5 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    The Plaza de Toros was opened for bullfights in 1866 with a seating capacity of 9,900 seats. Today the venue holds various events as well as bullfights on holidays. Tickets can be purchased at the venue.

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  • Church of Saint John of the Kings

    Toledo Things to Do

    The church is also known as Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes. The architecture is Gothic and has an ornate cloister. The construction of the church began in 1477 on the orders of Fernando and Isabel and was to celebrate their victory at the Battle of Toro in 1476. The completion of the church however did not happen until 1606. Open daily from...

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  • Castillo de San Servando

    2 out of 5 stars

    Toledo Things to Do

    The Castillo de San Sermando was in its day, Toledo’s defenses however today is it only what remains of the fortifications. Built during the 11th century on the ruins of other buildings, there have been other reconstructions. During 1983 the Castilla La Mancha established its first regional government chamber in the building but today the castle...

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  • Cuenca

    Prepared to be European Capital of Culture in 2016, Cuenca is a precious city, combining nature and history. Dramatic canyons with medieval houses, everything very well preserved and protected it is a very interesting and easy visit.

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  • Albacete

    A brief stop in the way from Cuenca to the beach and... it was all. I enjoyed it, but I keep thinking that Albacete is not a must see or go.

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  • Casa Cuartel de los Caballeros de la...

    The Casa Cuartel de los Caballeros de la Orden de Santiago was built in 1.749 and was the headquarters of the Orden de los Caballeros de Santiago.Casa Cuartel: Headquarters.

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  • Casa del Caballero del Verde Gabán

    This house belonged to D. Diego de Miranda, and it was described by Cervantes in Chapter XVIII of the second part of Don Quixote. It was home of the Society of Jesus. Over the door, you can see the cross. Now, it’s a private house.If you are interesyed in the chapter, check the link.

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  • Sreets of Villanueva de los Infantes

    Pics:- Main: Calle Jacinto Benavente- Second: Calle Jacinto Benavente- Third: Calle Cervantes- Fourth: Calle Rey Juan Carlos I

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  • Palacio de los Ballesteros

    This Palace was built in the second third of the 16th century and has a splendid façade and the coat of arms of the corner (last pic).

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  • Palacio del Marqués de Melgarejo

    The Palacio del Marqués de Melgarejo was built in the first half of the 17th century. To point out, the neo-classical portico.

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  • La Alhóndiga

    It was built in the 16th century, and it was home of hiring, then prison; and now it's the House of Culture.

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  • Hospital de Santiago (Hospital of...

    This Hospital was built in 1.631 and founded by the Order of Santiago to host the poors, widows, ill people, homeless and travellers. Right now, the Hospital is a Social Centre.

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  • Plaza Mayor (Main Square)

    The Plaza Mayor is of neoclassical style of the early 17th century. To the north, the church of San Andrés (4th pic), to the west, the City Hall (3rd pic), and to the south, large balustrades (main pic). The monument dedicated to Santo Tomás de Villanueva, the Saint Ptron of the town, is just before the church (fifth pic).

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  • Iglesia de San Andrés (Church of San...

    The façade of 1.612 is the last of the three existing in the whole parish. In the crypt of the church was buried D. Francisco Quevedo y Villegas, famous Spanish writer.

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  • Toledo

    Toledo (pop. 80.000) is the capital of Castile-La Mancha and one of Spain's most monumental cities. It is in fact listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.Its new role as administrative capital of the region and its proximity to Madrid have fuelled a considerable growth in a city that otherwise had been practically slumbering for several...

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  • Casa de Dulcinea

    This is a lovely XVI century house of two floors plus a nice patio in the quiet village of El Toboso, La Mancha, where lived Ana Martinez Zarco (whom Cervantes pretended, without success, and projected his love immortalizing her in his “obra maestra” Don Quixote, as Dulcinea, or Sweet Ana).The entrance fee is cheap. They will confiscate your photo...

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  • Royal City

    Ciudad Real (pop. 65.000) is a relatively old city, but with few remains from the past. It is the capital of the second largest province in Spain, with the plains of La Mancha to the East, the Sierra Morena range to the South and the Toledo range to the North. Although this place is not high in the list of any tourist, the vast plains that surround...

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  • You tell me!

    This is the first one you will see as you enter. It's called El Hongo which is basically a type of mushroom.

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  • windmills.

    windmills is an absolute must when visiting the land of don quijote.they are really cool looking and there is also a great historical aspect in the whole windmill thing.

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  • la ruta de don quijote.

    there is a route going through la mancha where you can follow in the footsteps of don quijote.it's a very interesting and historical way to see this relatively unknown part of spain.

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  • Almargo

    Almargo is a little town very close to Cuidad Real in the south of Castilla-La Mancha.It is most famous for it's shakespearian age theatre and the unique green windowed Plaza Mayor which was influenced by northern European design.Other than these two things there is not much to see here. There is a museum attatched to the theatre as well but don't...

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  • Toledo 9: The Old Streets

    Many of the old streets date back to medieval times although the newer renaissance streets are also pretty too.

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  • Toledo 7: Mudejar

    Mudejar is a type of Architecture you can find all over the area (some of the best examples can be found in Teruel, Aragon).unfortunately the street below is filled with shops trying to make tourist part with their money.

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