A story about Toledo can be composed only of some definitions . Well, for example: the largest museum in the world under the open sky.
Homeland famous blades. Place where you can taste the inimitable stewed grouse and magnificent marzipan. Or even more solemnly: the prototype nature, Encyclopedia of History, bustling center of power of the church, studio arts, sciences center. We can continue indefinitely, but I will not torment you.
Toledo is an unusual city. But he, in the words of the Spaniards, has “olor, color, sabor”. To feel it takes time. A few hours’ mandatory program, the modern tourist can not do it. But we are not ordinary tourists, we have time and desire. But where to start? Perhaps, where since the days of Moorish rule is going to the city folk, the triangular area Zocodover.
Standing on the area of the inn, in which Cervantes lived, not survived, but all survived the war and destruction just a few steps away from the area of the former Hospital of Santa Cruz. Now in its museum stores including 22 paintings by El Greco.
Cervantes called Toledo’s honor and the light of Spain. Lope de Vega called it the ‘heart of Spain’. Which is not only the epithets bestowed Toledo, calling him a stone fan of Spain, Spanish, Alexandria, Lhasa Spanish, Spanish Pompey and Spanish Kyoto. In Toledo you will feel the breath of true Spain. But the most famous are hidalgo from Toledo. One of the heroes of Lope de Vega said that he would like to love as a resident of Toledo. The fact that women Toledo whole of Spain are famous for their beauty and intransigence, he wrote another Cervantes.
If you think about this city and the legends associated with it, it will eventually come to El Greco. Toledo is like a copy of the paintings of El Greco. After all, his painting “View of Toledo” ≈ is not true panorama of the city, and the fiction about him.
Toledo seems more inside than outside. And this is clearly evident in the Cathedral. Outside, it produces a rather modest effect, and can not even imagine what treasure is hidden inside. In the splendor of the Cathedral reflects the history of the country, it is the spiritual center of the Spanish church.
cathedral there are over 30 side altars, decorated with numerous of his alabaster sculptures and paintings by El Greco, Titian, Van Dyck and Goya. As wrote Tuglas, here in the cathedral, you may feel dizzy passion and oppressive yoke of Spanish sacred art. This is one of the greatest Gothic structures in Europe.
Toledo, declared a national monument of Spain, looks like one big museum. In 1987, Toledo, listed as world heritage by UNESCO. The town is well preserved in its own historical style. The best way to view Toledo – a stroll through the city and see first hand the structure of different ages. Since the Romans in the city preserved amphitheater and aqueduct. When the Goths conquered Spain in the 6 th century, they have made Toledo the capital of his empire. Reminder of the era is the fortress of San Servando. Tolaytola as the Moors called the Toledo, was one of the major north-Spanish cities. Since that time were two mosques and three city gates. Mosque Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz X century is very well preserved. At its architecture (design with 9 domes) were influenced by the great mosque of Cordoba.