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Toledo - UNESCO city will take you 500 years back in time

16th century Alcazar was rebuilt under Franco and now houses a vast military museum

16th century Alcazar was rebuilt under Franco and now houses a vast military museum

Puente del Alcantara was built by the Romans across the Tagus River; city population now 85,000

Puente del Alcantara was built by the Romans across the Tagus River; city population now 85,000

16th century Puerta de Bisagra Nueva is the main entrance to Toledo today; when Philip II moved the Royal Court from Toledo to Madrid in 1561 Toledo went into a gradual decline

16th century Puerta de Bisagra Nueva is the main entrance to Toledo today; when Philip II moved the Royal Court from Toledo to Madrid in 1561 Toledo went into a gradual decline

1355 Sinagoga del Transito; the Jewish Quarter comprised 10% o Toledo and had 10 synagogues before the Jews were expelled in 1492

1355 Sinagoga del Transito; the Jewish Quarter comprised 10% of Toledo and had 10 synagogues before the Jews were expelled in 1492

15th century bronze Puerta del Perdon or Door of Forgiveness at the Toledo Cathedral; doors are closed except for very special occasions

15th century bronze Puerta del Perdon or Door of Forgiveness at the Toledo Cathedral; doors are closed except for very special occasions

Muslim Puerta del Cambron was rebuilt in the 16th century; city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Muslim Puerta del Cambron was rebuilt in the 16th century; city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Imposing 15th century Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes; Ferdinand and Isabella had originally planned to be buried here

Imposing 15th century Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes; Ferdinand and Isabella had originally planned to be buried here

Toledo Cathedral was built of white limestone starting in 1226 but not finished until 1493

Toledo Cathedral was built of white limestone starting in 1226 but not finished until 1493

During the Spanish Civil War the Siege of the Alcazar had Nationalist forces holding the building against overwhelming Republican opposition

During the Spanish Civil War the Siege of the Alcazar had Nationalist forces holding the building against overwhelming Republican opposition

16th century Alcazar sits at the highest point of the city; it was used as a Roman palace in the third century and restored under Charles I in 1540

16th century Alcazar sits at the highest point of the city; it was used as a Roman palace in the third century and restored under Charles I in 1540

1504 Gothic altarpiece of the Toledo Cathedral is made of gilded wood and is five stories tall

1504 Gothic altarpiece of the Toledo Cathedral is made of gilded wood and is five stories tall

15th century choir stalls depict the various stages of the conquest of Granada; visiting on Sunday wasn't the best idea since the cathedral doesn't open until 2:30pm

15th century choir stalls depict the various stages of the conquest of Granada; visiting on Sunday wasn't the best idea since the cathedral doesn't open until 2:30pm

1524 Monstrance of Arfe in the cathedral is made of the finest silver and gold and bejeweled with gems; measures more than 10 feet high

1524 Monstrance of Arfe in the cathedral is made of the finest silver and gold and bejeweled with gems; measures more than 10 feet high

1579 Disrobing of Christ by El Greco; one of his most famous works which hangs in the cathedral; El Greco spent the last 35 years of his life in Toledo

1579 Disrobing of Christ by El Greco; one of his most famous works which hangs in the cathedral; El Greco spent the last 35 years of his life in Toledo

Gorgeous ceiling in the sachristy, Toledo Cathedral; biggest bell in Spain is in the cathedral bell tower weighing in at 17.5 tons

Gorgeous ceiling in the sachristy, Toledo Cathedral; biggest bell in Spain is in the cathedral bell tower weighing in at 17.5 tons

Hospital Tavera is now a major art museum with masterpieces by El Greco and Titian among others

Hospital Tavera is now a major art museum with masterpieces by El Greco and Titian among others

The Toledo Cathedral is one of three High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered by many to be the apex of the Gothic style in Spain

The Toledo Cathedral is one of three High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered by many to be the apex of the Gothic style in Spain

Group in front of the Royal Staircase at the Alcazar; originally intended as a royal residence it was never occupied as such

Group in front of the Royal Staircase at the Alcazar; originally intended as a royal residence it was never occupied as such

14th century Mudejar-style Iglesia de Santo Tome; houses El Greco's most famous work The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

14th century Mudejar-style Iglesia de Santo Tome; houses El Greco's most famous work The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

Late 14th century Puerta del Sol was one of the gates to the city

Late 14th century Puerta del Sol was one of the gates to the city

The Sinagoga del Transito is decorated in the Mudejar style and now houses a religious museum

The Sinagoga del Transito is decorated in the Mudejar style and now houses a religious museum

Intricately carved pine ceiling of the Sinagoga del Transito; name of the synagogue comes from a famous painting it houses

Intricately carved pine ceiling of the Sinagoga del Transito; name of the synagogue comes from a famous painting it houses

Most trains to Toledo were sold out.  Why wouldn't they add more cars???

Most trains to Toledo were sold out. Why wouldn't they add more cars???

Toledo city hall; a thousand years ago the Jews, Muslims and Christians lived peacefully together here lending the city the nickname 'city of three cultures'

Toledo city hall; a thousand years ago the Jews, Muslims and Christians lived peacefully together here lending the city the nickname 'city of three cultures'

10th century Puerta Bab al-Mardum is probably the oldest gate of the city; less than an hour by train from Madrid

10th century Puerta Bab al-Mardum is probably the oldest gate of the city; less than an hour by train from Madrid

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