A Madrid holiday is not complete without a day trip to Toledo Spain which offers a unique and diverse shared culture. Toledo is that special kind of place from which fairy tales come true and angels are real. Encircled by water, moats, and bridges Toledo has endured the test of time and triumphantly won. And alas preserved are the remains of a culture so rich as it is diverse. Toledo is a magical place. A place of swords, of nights in shining armor, of drawbridges, and towering stone castles, of princes, and damsels in distress. A place of war and of peace, a place where the tales of the great Arabian nights and the armies of Christ crossed paths, as was the destiny of history, forever ingrained. Toledo is a place of long lost dreams and with a faith all of its own, forever preserved in the ripples of time. Toledo is a wondrous place. Toledo is believed to be the most representative of Spanish culture, and the entire city is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site as of 1986.
Puente de San Martin, Paseo Recaredo, s/n, 45002 Toledo, Spain
The Legend of Puente de San Martin
The Puente de San Martin was built in the mid-1500s, replacing an earlier bridge destroyed during the war between Don Pedro I and his stepbrother Don Enrique II. in the quarter. The bridge was ordered to be rebuilt by the Archbishop Pedro Tenorio.
As legend would have it, the engineer of the bridge belatedly realized his mathematical calculations for the arch of the bridge had been mistaken and that the arch of would not support the weight of the stone-filled wagons that would cross. Too worried about repute and a nearly certain death, he would not reveal his plight but only to his wife who after several attempts to appease the worried husband, took matters into her own hands by, one late stormy night, putting the torch to the wood framework intended for the arch of the bridge and burning it down to the ground. The following day the local villagers falsely believed that the bridge had been destroyed by the late-night storm, thus allowed the distressed woman's husband to correct the miscalculations, save face, and very possibly death!
Mirador Del Valle, Ctra. Circunvalación, s/n, 45004 Toledo, Spain
To get the final and best photo of Toledo you'll need to cross the Río Tajo and climb the road on the other side to this important and strategic viewpoint. You can either walk there from the Puente Nuevo de Alcántara or take the mini-train at Plaza de Zocodover which makes a stop here during its 30-minute scenic journey. The view from here is similar to the one depicted by El Greco in his famous painting, Vista de Toledo (1596–1600).
Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo, Calle Cardenal Cisneros, 1, 45002 Toledo, Spain
The basilica is regarded by some experts to be the Magnum Opus, of the Gothic style in all of Spain. The cathedral is anointed to the Virgin Mary in her Assumption to the heavens. The structure of the cathedral began in 1227 under the charge of the Archbishop Don Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada. However, the King, Ferdinand III gave the order for its creation. During the 15th century, the gothic style was annexed to the cathedral by constructing the Chapel of Saint Peter and the Chapel of Saint James.
Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, Calle de los Reyes Católicos, 17, 45002 Toledo, Spain
This grand 15th-century Franciscan cloister and shrine was founded in the heart of the Jewish district by the Catholic rulers Isabel and Fernando to show the supremacy of their faith. The rulers had prepared to be buried here but ultimately finished up in their prize victory, Granada. The highlight is the marvelous two-level monastery, a melodic melting of late ('flamboyant') Gothic downstairs and Mudéjar design upstairs, with exquisite statues, arcs, vaulting, intricate pinnacles and gargoyles encompassing a grassy plot.
Puerta de Bisagra, Calle Real del Arrabal, 26, 45003 Toledo, Spain
I have been to Toledo many times yet I knew that this time it would be a new experience, something much more special. As fortune would have it, I accompanied by a true Morrocan angel. With her large oval, coffee-colored, wonderful eyes. Eyes that instantly paralyze one's heart and soul, leaving them nowhere to hide. Like the wind blowing and shaping the deserts, such were those eyes. Oh, those, vast as the desert, beautiful brown eyes. Oh, those magnificent caramel-colored, chocolate eyes. Those eyes that with a simple blink, will captivate your heart and will shipwreck all your thoughts, and hold you like a diamond in its stone tomb, forever suspended in time. Oh, those wonderful and dangerous brown eyes!
Even with the with all marvelous structures, feats, and wonders of human engineering