Iglesia De Santo Tome, Toledo

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    St Tome Church

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jan 14, 2013

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    Burial of the Count of Orgaz

    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 1577 and stayed until his death in 1614. When you look at his paintings at first there is something a bit odd, look closely as you will see the the somewhat elongated faces in his subjects, caused by his eyesight. Of course El Greco was from Greece, and his art training included more Byzantine influences than most western painters.

    The Count of Orgaz was a nobleman who had donated generously to St Tome church, so the church commissioned El Greco, who by then lived in Toledo, to paint this masterpiece. The very large size of the painting is made even more dramatic by the use of color and light. Its a magnificent piece, don't miss it!

    Admission/Visiting hours
    Monday to Sunday:
    10.00 - 18.00 h.
    (In summer, open until 19 pm)
    admission 2.30 euro
    photo- courtesy Wikipedia

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    by unaS Updated Apr 2, 2010

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    Side street up to Saint Tome Church

    One of El Greco's greatest works, the Entierro Del Senor De Orgaz is the center piece of the entry to this church. Santo Tome was El Greco's parish church.

    The lower part of the picture shows the burial ceremony while the upper part depicts the legend of the intervention of two saints - Saint Stephen and Saint Augustine - to lay him to rest.

    The El Greco is of course a painting that one can stand in front of for hours, there is so much to see in it. The detail and exactitude of the lower part of the painting is fascinating.

    There is a lovely aroma inside the church. I guess that they were burning incense somewhere, although I didn't see it.

    There is also an interesting black Madonna.

    No photos permitted inside.

    During my visit there was also a very strong and emotional exhibition against abortion.

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    Iglesia de Santo Tome

    by keeweechic Written Sep 4, 2009

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    Santo Tome church is best known for El Greco’s masterpiece – The Burial of the Count of Orgaz which can be found in a side chapel. The church was built during the 12th century but was rebuilt in 1300. The tower is an amazing example of Mudejar architecture. The church is open for viewing daily and also for mass.

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    Iglesia de Santo Tome

    by malaga-girl Written Jul 4, 2008

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    Like everyone else writes, the picture truly is a masterpiece if you have the opportunity to be told all the intricate details of the picture - Greco, his son, Grecos signature, the only woman, the 2 parts, etc etc.
    The down side is you are paying 2 euros to enter a church and the only thing in the church is this one incredible painting.
    A fab visit if you hear in full with a guide all about the picture - the guides can talk about it for a good 15 mins!!! Not so good if no guide can be heard :-(

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    Santo Tome Church

    by barryg23 Written Dec 4, 2006
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    The quiet Church of Santo Tome contains The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, a masterpiece by El Greco, who lived in the city for much of his life.

    This painting is one of the most popular sights in Toledo and it can be seen in a small chapel in Santo Tome. The Count of Orgaz was a well-known 14th century figure and the painting depicts his funeral. Included are two angels, the writer Miguel de Cervantes and the El Greco himself.

    The rest of the church is free to visit but it sees little visitors compared to the chapel containing the painting. It costs a couple of Euros to enter and visitors are forbidden from taking pictures.

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    Iglesia de Santo Tomé

    by MM212 Updated Apr 21, 2006

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    Mud��jar Tower of Santo Tom��

    Originally built in the 12th century, Iglesia de Santo Tomé was reconstructed in the 14th century. Only the exquisite Mudéjar style tower remains from the original structure. The church currently houses El Greco's most famous work of art "el Entierro del Conde de Orgaz."

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    Iglesia de Santo Tome (St. Thomas' Church)

    by Birsen Updated Apr 3, 2006

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    From its old vestiges only the beatiful and interesting mudejar tower, in brick, from the 15th century. On its upper two bodies there are groups of 2 and 3 arch windows, festooned with circles. Between them there is a blind archery over small columns. In one of the sides, it is embeded a niche in white marble, and in one of the other sides there is a pate styled cross, both visigothics and easily viewed from the street plane. Inside one attached hall of the church it is possible to admire one of the most famous paintings of El Greco: Buried of Count of Orgaz (Entierro del Conde de Orgaz)

    The painting called "The Burial of Lord of Orgaz" is probably the reason for the world-wide acclaim of the church.
    This painting shows San Esteban and San Agustin after the death of Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, Lord of Orgaz, who appeared to bury him.
    The painting is divided in two parts: the lower part depicts the portrait of earthly life while the top part shows the heavenly and divine elements.

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    Santo Tome

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jul 11, 2005

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    Santo Tome

    This small chapel is the home of El Greco's best known masterpiece "The burial of the Count of Orgaz". Painted in 1586, this commerates the death of a Count known for his generosity to the church in 1323.

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    Iglesia de Santo Tome

    by Polly74 Written Aug 5, 2004
    Saint Tome Tower

    From its old vestiges the Church preserves only the beatiful and interesting mudejar tower, in brick, from the 15th century.
    On its upper two bodies there are groups of 2 and 3 arch windows, festooned with circles. Between them there is a blind archery over small columns.
    In one of the sides, it is embeded a niche in white marble, and in one of the other sides there is a paté styled cross, both visigothics and easily viewed from the street plane. Inside one attached hall of the church it is possible to admire one of the most famous paintings of El Greco: Buried of Count of Orgaz (Entierro del Conde de Orgaz)

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    Santo Tome Chapel & El Greco Painting

    by virtualpatrick Updated May 20, 2003
    Santo Tome Chapel

    The Santo Tome is a small chapel which holds one of the most famous of El Greco's painting - "The Burial of Count Orgaz".

    If you are only to see one of his painting, I think this would be the one. The painting captures the scene at the burial of the Count. Upper half of the painting shows Heaven, while the lower half shows the Earth.

    Fot the bonus point - let's play "Where's Waldo". El Greco painted himself and his son into his painting - Where's El Greco?
    (hint - he's the one looking right at you, left half of the painting)

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    Santo Tome

    by acemj Updated Dec 13, 2002

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    This church was built over the ruins of a Mosque and is topped by a Mudejar tower, but the main highlight of the building is the painting inside. El Greco's most famous and admired piece, "The Burial of Count Orgaz" packs in the tourists, but I found out that December was the right time to go and I didn't have to battle any crowds.

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