8. Toledo: Private Monuments Walking Tour with Monument Entry
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo to discover the historic meeting of traditions and faiths. For centuries, the city has been a universal model of religious cohabitation and tolerance. The imperial capital of King Carlos V, home of El Greco, city of convents, the Visigothic capital, and the religious seat of Spain today, its privileged location and natural embrace from the Tajo River provides a fascinating mix of history, art, and culture.
Start at the Cathedral, built in a Gothic style between 1226 and 1493, originally for King Fernando III. Admire its mix of Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical styles, passing through aisles to see the choir, sacristy, chapter house, and cloister.
Learn about the painter El Greco at the Church of Santo Tomé, home to his masterpiece, “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.” Then, explore the Medieval charm of the Jewish Quarter, site of El Greco´s house of birth and the Synagogue del Tránsito, Synagogue de Santa Maria La Blanca, and Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes.
The Synagogue de Santa Maria La Blanca is one of 11 originally located in the Jewish Quarter and dates from the 13th century. Promoted by the open-minded monarch, Alfonso VIII, it is surrounded by gardens of cypress trees and boats 5 white aisles that express the spirit of the Sefardí people.
San Juan de los Reyes Monastery was built to commemorate the 15th century victory of the Battle of Toro and succession of Queen Isabella to the throne of Castile. Marvel at one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Spain, and the intense decorations that praise the Catholic kings.