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The Cathedral of Toledo is located in the centre of Toledo in the Castilla-la Mancha region. It is one of the key sights to see in Toledo

Toledo Cathedral

Spain This Way review: The Cathedral of Toledo is a striking cathedral built in Gothic style and containing some magnificent artworks.

Toledo Cathedral

The Cathedral of Toledo is built in High Gothic style and is one of only three 13th century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain.

The cathedral has been built on the site of what was once a Visigoth church in the 6th century and then following the Muslim occupation of Toledo the church was torn down and a mosque erected in its place.

When King Alphonso VI retook the city in 1085 he promised to preserve and respect the Muslim institutions of higher learning and of religion in exchange for a reduced battle.

However when he needed to leave the city for a period his wife and the archbishop of Toledo took advantage of his absence and seized the Mosque by force which nearly resulted in an Arab uprising.

The king was furious and it was the Islamic jurist Abu Walid in the end who calmed him and prevented him executing many of those involved. Grateful for this the Cathedral Chapter had his effigy placed on one of the pillars in the cathedral.

The mosque-cathedral remained intact until the 13th century when a new Cathedral was erected.

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The cathedral has the flying buttresses, rose window and pointed arches traditional to the Gothic style. Its altar piece is huge and one of the last created in this florid Gothic style. It has polychromatic statues depicting scenes from the life of Jesus and Mary.

The choir with its carved wooden stalls is particularly grand and also to look out for is the 18th century Baroque altarpiece called 'El Transparente'. It is several stories high and lit by a skylight allowing a view into the tabernacle.

The treasury of the cathedral contains the 16th century processional monstrance which is paraded every year during the feast of Corpus Christi.

It contains 18 kilos of gold, 183 kilos of silver and many gem stones.

The Sacristy contains more treasures of the cathedral as paintings by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael and Velazquez, amongst others, are contained within.

There is a small charge to visit the bell tower and the upper level of the cloister and these give access to great views over the city.

Toledo Cathedral

Attractions nearby

Toledo is a superb city and well worth spending two or three days, or more, to explore.

The Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca is a beautiful building worthy of a visit as is the Church of San Roman which is home to a Museum of Visigoth culture.

Toledo is famous for its Damascene ware, sword-making and marzipan and there are plenty of shops displaying these items and often the chance to see them made.

Toledo is an easy train ride from Madrid and so could be added to a trip to the vibrant capital.

You can find more local travel ideas in and the Castilla-La Mancha guide.

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Toledo Cathedral places to visit

Toledo

Toledo

Toledo is one of Spain's greatest cities. It has a number of historic sites in its centre and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca

Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca

The Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca has a simple yet stunning elegance and is well worth a visit.

Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca guide
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo is a lovely Gothic monastery with a two storey cloister

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes guide
Aranjuez

Aranjuez

Aranjuez is home to the wonderful 18th century Palacio Real, the royal summer palace and its gardens.

Aranjuez guide
Consuegra

Consuegra

Consuegra is famous for its windmills which are on a ridge above the town along with a ruined castle. More can be seen at Campo de Criptana.

Consuegra guide
Madrid

Madrid

Madrid is the beautiful capital of Spain with some of the world's best art museums.

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