St. Tome Church, Toledo
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.
Some have described El Greco's "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz" as his best loved painting. I don't know about that, but it is a stunning piece of religious art showing the good Count being escorted into heaven by some of the big names: St. Augustine, Mary and John the Baptist. A couple of interesting facts about the painting are that it is in the same place that it was painted for 400 years ago and it includes El Greco and his son. The little chapel of Santo Tome houses it as a priest commissioned El Greco to paint it to hang over the tomb of this revered man. Cost is about 2 USD and is open dailty from 10:00-18:45.
I was not big into art but I have to admit I really enjoyed my visit to the Church of San Tome and getting an explanation of El Greco's "The Burial of Count Orgaz." c.1586.
Some of what I remember:
1. Pay close attention to the transperancy that was painted with the Preist's raincoat.
2. You will see El Greco's actual self portrait in the painting. He is the guy waiving his hand at you.
3. You can see the Count's soul apparently going to heaven.
I wish I remembered more, the full interpretation is very very interesting. I didn't take this picture as no pictures are aloud!
The main attraction of this little church, close to the El Greco House, is the "Count Orgaz Burial" painting, by El Greco.
Entrance 1,50 euros. Doesn't include guide, but you can always wait inside for a tourists group and listen to their guide. You won't have to wait long, believe me...