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    Iglesia de Santa Leocadia

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 15, 2015

    Saint Leocadia is a Spanish saint. She is thought to have died on December 9, ca. 304 A.D., in the Diocletian persecution. In the first half of the VII A.D. “the church of Saint Leocadia” was mentioned as the meeting-place of the Fourth Synod of Toledo in 633, as well as of the fifth in 636, and the sixth in 638. More recently compiled Acts relate that “Leocadia was filled with a desire for martyrdom through the story of the martyrdom of St. Eulalia”. By order of the governor, Decianus, described in the martyrology as the most furious persecutor of the Christians in Spain, she was seized and cruelly tortured in order to make her apostatize, but she remained steadfast and was sent back to prison, where she died from the effects of the torture. A church was built over her grave, besides which are two others at Toledo dedicated to her.
    Unfortunately church was closed and there was no any information when it supposed to be opened.
    Address: Calle Santa Leocadia 1, Toledo

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    Iglesia de Santiago del Arrabal

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 15, 2015

    This church considered one of the most striking Mudejar temples in Toledo. This church was built with brick and coursed masonry. The church's tower dates from the XII century and has a square floor plan. The church itself is from the XIII century, built in 1245-1248 under the patronage of Sancho II Capelo, king of Portugal. It has three naves, with a gabled roof and a triple apse, whose exterior is decorated with a double row of multifold openings. It has three portals, framed by horseshoe arches. Inside, the church treasures a beautiful XIV century Mudejar plasterwork pulpit, as well as several tombstones and a wonderful Plateresque high reredos from the XVI century. Unfortunately church was closed and there was no any information when it supposed to be opened.
    Address: Calle Real del Arrabal 4, Toledo

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    Iglesia de El Salvador

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 15, 2015

    Iglesia de El Salvador or Church of Saint savior is a church in Toledo, Spain, officially dating to 1041 but it is much elder. According to official version, initially it was a mosque and it was therefore oriented south-east toward Mecca. It survived the re-conquest of Toledo by Christian armies in 1085, to be turned into a church in 1159. One of the most characteristic elements of the church is a Visigothic pilaster, with intricate relief carvings. This pilaster together with Roman capitals produce proves that before it became mosque it was Visigothic Church built on the base of Roman building. Under floor you will find archeologic area.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open: April 1 – September 30 from 10:00 -18:45 hours
    October 1 – March 31 from 10:00 – 17:45 hours
    Admission 1,5 Euros
    Address: Plaza del Salvador, s/n Toledo

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    Iglesia de El Salvador/Interior

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 15, 2015

    According to official version of history this temple started its life in 1041 as the Southeast facing mosque. After liberation of Toledo from Moors in 1085 this mosque was converted into church. But there are six Roman capitals over the columns and one Visigothic Pilaster support Moorish horseshoe arches. When you have a look at Visigothic Pilaster you will find there scenes of the Healing of blind man, the Resurrection of Lazarus, Christ and Samaritan woman at the Well and at last the Healing of the woman with the Hemorrhage. Majority of faces were scrapped off by the Moors due to their religion forbidding portrayal of God. So, Visigothic Pilaster and Roman capitals accurately say that this temple was not founded as the mosque in 1041 but existed as Visigothic church before Moors conquered this area of Spain.

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    Open: April 1 – September 30 from 10:00 -18:45 hours
    October 1 – March 31 from 10:00 – 17:45 hours
    Admission 1,5 Euros
    Address: Plaza del Salvador, s/n Toledo

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    Iglesia de El Salvador/High Altar and statues

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 15, 2015

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    Some of the most important works of art to be found here are the magnificent altarpiece with painted panels showing the scenes of Annunciation, Christmas, Adoration of Magi and Flight to Egypt by Correa del Vivar de Toledo, with elegant figures, soft modeling and iridescent colors. You will also find here very realistic statues of Jesus carved in XVII century.

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    Open: April 1 – September 30 from 10:00 -18:45 hours
    October 1 – March 31 from 10:00 – 17:45 hours
    Admission 1,5 Euros
    Address: Plaza del Salvador, s/n Toledo

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    Iglesia de El Salvador/Belfry

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 15, 2015

    Belfry was built at the place of former minaret when church converted to mosque was reconverted to church again after liberation Toledo from Moors in 1085. Upper part of the belfry was built in XVI century. It is not high and you can easily get up and enjoy wonderful view at the roofs of historical part of Toledo.
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    Open: April 1 – September 30 from 10:00 -18:45 hours
    October 1 – March 31 from 10:00 – 17:45 hours
    Admission 1,5 Euros
    Address: Plaza del Salvador, s/n Toledo

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    Iglesia de El Salvador/Patio

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 14, 2015

    The building shows traces of the first phase of the occupation of the Muslims (9th-10th centuries), which is built on a late Romanic-Visigoth stratum, corresponding to the remains of a wall and parallel structure, with a semicircular mortar finish “amd almagra” paint, which could be related to the back of the Mosque's structure, since these have a south east orientation, in parallel to the qibla. The intervention of the Consortium of Toledo was based on the back patio of the church, and it mainly dealt with an archaeological study of the site, restoration of Structural elements (arches, walls, etc.), recovery of ornamentation (reused elements, capitals, Romanwell, decorative fragments, etc.), correction of the humidity problems of the chapel (which has a dividing wall) in order to prepare the site for future visitors.
    Admission 1,5 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Open: April 1 – September 30 from 10:00 -18:45 hours
    October 1 – March 31 from 10:00 – 17:45 hours
    Admission 1,5 Euros
    Address: Plaza del Salvador, s/n Toledo

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    La Iglesia de Santas Justa y Rufina

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 14, 2015

    According to local legend this church was founded by Visigothic King Atanagildo in 555 A.D. Present apse is real Mudejar and built 1156. You can observe that apse at Calle de las Cadenas, 13. All other parts of the church are the products of reconstruction conducted in second half of XVI century. Unfortunately church was closed and we couldn’t get in.
    Address: Calle Santa Justa 4,Toledo

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    Iglesia de San Nicolás de Bari

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 14, 2015

    Originally Church of Saint Nicholas of Bari was built in Moorish Mudejar style in the XI century, the tower collapsed in the XII century and the church was completely rebuilt in Neo-Classical style in 1762. Only some Mudejar, Romanesque and Gothic doorways and windows survived till nowadays.
    Admission id free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Address: Calle de las Cadenas, 9 Toledo

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    Iglesia de San Nicolás de Bari/Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 14, 2015

    When you enter the church you can see a tomb of beginning of XVI century on your right and escutcheon with the cross of Order of Calatrava or Alcantara. The famous Virgen de Alfileritos de Toledo occupies a niche in the back wall. A hole in the glass which protects the painting allows the unmarried women of Toledo to make their wishes come true. They push a pin with a colored head (yellow for blonde hair, black for brown), through the hole to chose the hair color of their future spouse. Unfortunately we came when the mass was in progress and that circumstance explains why I haven’t taken any pictures inside of the church.
    Admission id free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Address: Calle de las Cadenas, 9 Toledo

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    Church of San Bartolome

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 13, 2015

    This church was mostly built in XII century. That’s why it is expressively Mudejar in style. The benefactor of this temple was Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, Count of Orgaz. Although church was renovated in 1877 it preserved its original appearance and became National Monument in 1998. Unfortunately church was closed and there were no any information on working hours.

    Calle San Bartolome, Toledo

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    Palacio de la Cava

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 13, 2015

    Palace of the Dukes of Maqueda is also known as the Palacio de la Cava. It is situated atthe Cuesta de San Martín - which starts from Puerta del Cambron and leads to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. The area is associated with the name Cava.
    Cardenas family who became Dukes of Maqueda and magistrates of Toledo between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries built that palace in the beginning of XVI century but some parts of that palace survived from XIV century. In front of that palace you will find excellent monument of Queen Isabel La Catolica.

    Calle del Pintor Matías Moreno, 45002, Toledo

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    Convento de San Antonio

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 13, 2015

    The convent of San Antonio de Padua belongs to Franciscan monks and was created in 1525 in the palace of the advisor Fernando de Ávalos, confiscated by order of the emperor. The entrance is gothic-Mudejar from the XV Century. You can still see wonderful late Gothic window. There is a patio with a lintel, very similar to the nearby palace of Fuensalida.
    The Chapter House, from the same age, has a fine tiling collection, as does the choir. A little before the convent door, there is a brick entrance that leads to the Renaissance style church of one nave and a wide choir at its base. Unfortunately we had no time to get in.
    Here in this convent as in many others you can by hand made marzipans and cookies.
    Calle Santo Tome, 27, 45002, Toledo

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    Convent of Santa Isabel de los Reyes

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 10, 2015

    Convent of Santa Isabel de los Reyes was founded in 1477 by María Suárez de Toledo on so-called "houses of the queen," a series of palaces whose owner was Juana Enríquez, mother of King Ferdinand "the Catholic". In 1480 Cardinal Mendoza grants transferred church of San Antolin built in XII century and retaining the original polygonal apse of Mudejar bricks. That’s why some parts of the convent are expressively either Mudejar or Romanesque.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
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    Address: Plaza de Santa Isabel, s/n, Toledo

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    Church of Convent of Santa Isabel/Interior

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 10, 2015

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    In the church of Convent of Santa Isabel de los Reyes you will high altar made about 1572 and several other baroque altarpieces. Late gothic ceiling survived till nowadays. On the left hand side from high altar you can see the sepulcher of Ines de Ayala and Toledo (died in Toledo on September 4, 1453) the 4-th Lady of Casarrubios del Monte. She was the daughter of Pedro Suárez de Toledo, 2-nd Lord of Casarrubios del Monte and Juana Meléndez de Orozco, Mrs. Pinto. Here you can see coats of arms of Ayala family two black lions everywhere.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
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    Address: Plaza de Santa Isabel, s/n, Toledo

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