Alcazar, Toledo

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    Alcazar of Toledo

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 23, 2015

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    Alcazar castle has very long and old history. Romans built military camp on the highest hill of Toledo. Roman palace was built there later, then Visigothic Castle. During the Moorish rule Alcazar appeared. Then city was liberated by Castilians in 1085 castle again became Christian. Castle was reconstructed during the rule of King Carlos I (Holy Roman Emperor Charles V). Carlos I received here Hernan Cortes after Cortes’ conquest of Mexico and Aztec’s Empire. Today Army museum if billeted here in this old castle. That museum will tell you a story about Spanish Army from early medieval times until nowadays.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Alcazar. Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 23, 2015

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    Castle of Alcazar de Toledo stands at the place where was the Roman palace in III Century B.C. and Roman Military Camp yet earlier. Castle is very big but you cannot realize how it is big until you get in. Here when you see all these spaces, escalators and when you realize that there are eight more floors over all that space in ground floor, only then you understand how enormously big this castle is. You can see here fragments of Roman and Moorish masonry.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Terrace

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 22, 2015

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    Castle of Alcazar has enormously huge terrace from the east side of the castle. You will enjoy wonderful views at the roofs of old Toledo, River Tajo, Castle San Servando built in XIV century and Military Academy on its eastern bank. At terrace also is the monument of Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Villamartin (1833-1872).
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Views from the terrace

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 22, 2015

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    From the Alcazar Castle balcony you will enjoy wonderful views at the roofs of old Toledo, River Tajo, Castle San Servando built in XIV century and Military Academy on its eastern bank. Don’t miss these views and don’t forget to walk along that enormously large terrace.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Bailey

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 22, 2015

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    Castle of Alcazar has huge bailey. In the center you will be able to see the monument of Carlos I the King of Spain, Sicily and Naples who was also the Emperor of Holy Roman Empire Charles V. You can see him defeating the Moor. In this yard you will also find memorial plaque dedicated to Spanish soldiers died in 1808 during Anti Napoleon War of 1808-1813.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Armory Part One

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 22, 2015

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    Armory of Army Museum has small but good armory. Majority of artifacts are from the collection of the Dukes of Medinaceli. That collection boasts with excellent armor for the knight and horse made in XVI century. There are many full suits of armor produced in XVI century. Collection of helmets except made in XVI and XVII century has several salads and two cabacets of XV century. Collection is worth to see and give a lot of invaluable information on West European armors of XV-XVII centuries.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Armory Part Two

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 21, 2015

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    Armory of armor museum has good collection of XVI-XVII armors. Among them you will find excellent half-armor of Don Gomes Suarez de Figueroa, Third Duke of Feria. You will see belonged to his breeches and sash and belonged to his horse Chanfron. Duke of Feria occupied important positions during first quarter of XVII century. He was Viceroy of Valencia in 1616, Governor of Duchy of Milan in 1618, Viceroy and Captain General of Catalonia in 1629. His armor decorated with the stars and letters “F”. You will find other interesting examples of armor on that period.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Philippine Jolo Armors

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 21, 2015

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    Among Oriental artifacts of army museum are Japanese Samurai’s armor and two so called Jolo Armors. There are a lot of Japanese armors in different museums that is why present example if not outstanding but two Philippine armors are real rarity. So, you are going to see two so called Jolo Armors used by the Moslems of southernmost Philippine Islands. They were defensive jackets made out of iron plates connected with the chainmail. On of these two armors belonged to Datto Daniel of Southern Chiefs killed in battle against Spaniards landed to Jolo Island on February 27, 1851. Of course these armors already couldn’t save owners from the bullets.
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    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Clothing and weapon of Boabdil

    by Oleg_D. Updated Jan 20, 2015

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    Here in army museum you will be able to see clothing and two swords belonged to Emir of Granada Abu Abd Allah Muhammad also know as Boabdil or El Chico. Museum possesses brocade tunic, boots, shoes and two swords belonged to Boabdil. All that was captured by Spaniards when they defeated Moorish Army at the Battle of Lucena fought on April 21, 1483.
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    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Turkish Arms and Armor

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 20, 2015

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    Among all others artifact of Army Museum are even Ottoman Turkish helmets, muskets and even blunderbuss of XVI-XVII century. It was the time of greatest expansion of Ottoman Empire. Two Great Powers, Spain and Ottoman Empire met at the Sea battle of Lepanto in 1571 and Ottomans lost. Probably it was the beginning of their eclipse.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Spanish Army in XVI c.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 17, 2015

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    XVI century was the time of expansion, time when in the lands of Spanish Monarchs the sun never went down. From the times of Carlos I (better known as Holy Roman Emperor Charles V) and Philip II this world knows the expression “When Spain moves the whole world trembles” and that was true. Who created that Spanish world? Of course military men. So, museum has enough artifacts to provide visitors good notion about arms and armor, everyday life and beliefs of the people who conquered Americas and held in fear half of Europe.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Spanish Army in XVII c.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 17, 2015

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    Museum has excellent exhibitions on Spanish Army of XVII century. This century was the beginning of decline of Spanish power and superiority at European battlefields. It was the century when French cuirassiers of Conde the Great defeated Spanish infantry at the battle of Rocroi in 1643, it was the first defeat of invincible Spanish Tercios for centuries. Otherwise, for Spain it was the century of endless wars including the Eighty Years War started in Netherlands yet in XVI century, the Basque Revolt, Franco-Spanish War, The War of Restoration of Portuguese Independence, Two Catalan revolts known as the Wars of Reapers and at last Anglo-Spanish war. It was the century when Spain was exhausted its finances and colonial gold in these endless wars although its Army covered itself with new glory and Spanish soldiers were remaining as usually brave and well disciplined. It was the time of the most famous fictitious hero “Captain Alatriste”!
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Spanish Army in XVIII c.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 17, 2015

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    Museum has several exhibitions dedicated to history of Spanish Army in XVIII century. The most noticeable military conflict of that period was The War of Spanish Succession of 1701-1714 when Spain changed ruling dynasty. After that great and bloody war all other XVIII century was relatively peaceful for the Kingdom of Spain. Spain took part only in minor military conflicts mostly against England such as the Siege of Gibraltar, Anglo-Spanish military conflict over the Falkland Islands. During the Seven Years War and War of American colonies for Independence, Spain was secondary participant. Anyway museum has good exhibitions on that historical period and you are going to be well familiarized with Spanish Army of that period.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. First half of XIX c.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 15, 2015

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    Museum has several exhibition dedicated to history of Spanish Army in first half of XIX century. The most noticeable military conflict of that period was Peninsula War of 1808-1813. For Spaniards this war was the War of Liberation and Independence. Two other military conflict on Spanish soil of that period were First (1833-1840) and second (1846-1849) Carlist Wars. Both these military conflicts were the Civil War between different pretenders on Spanish throne and crown and their supporter. There are a lot of weapon, uniforms and paintings on that historical period.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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    Army Museum. Second half of XIX c.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Jan 15, 2015

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    Museum has several exhibition dedicated to history of Spanish Army in second half of XIX century. The noticeable military conflicts of that period were Spanish-American War of 1898, uprisings in Cuba and Philippines, campaigns in Spanish Morocco. Sounds strange but there was no any information on Spanish American war although a lot of information on colonial troops at Philippines. So, anyway you will be able to see uniforms and weapon on that period providing the notion about appearance of Spanish soldiers and officers on that historical period.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod.
    Museum works from 10:00 till 17:00 hours. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
    Admission is 5 euros.

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