I think it was Speedy Gonzales who said this. If he didn’t, he surely would have if he had been to the Toledo Cathedral.
The cathedral was begun in 1226 and took over 250 years to build. It is a mix of styles, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Noeclassical. It is difficult to get photos from the outside as it is squished in between buildings.
Photos are not allowed inside, which I think is unfair, I don’t see what harm it could do. The interior is incredible and huge. My favourite bits were the choir with its carved wooden seats decorated with scenes of the Christian Reconquista, and the Transparente. There was not enough light in the Cathedral so a high window was put in later. It is a Baroque masterpiece with tumbling angels, the last supper etc, etc. My camera did something very naughty and took 2 photos – not very good, but it was in a hurry.
The Plaza de Zocodover is the central hub of this gorgeous town. It is full of people and ringed by restaurants. We had our first Spanish paella in the square. It wasn’t bad, but my son, Brandon, does a mighty fine paella.
The narrow winding streets of Toledo are just made for wandering. There are lots of interesting shops, with souvenirs for everyone, fans, castenets, frilly aprons etc. Marzipan is a speciality of the area, so there are many outlets here.
We wandered by accident into a private courtyard.
We wandered past pretty churches.
A place we really enjoyed was the San Juan de los Reyes Monasterio which has the prettiest cloistered courtyard I have seen anywhere.
The outside of the church was beautiful as well. If you look closely at the next photo, you will see that the fellow on the left has lost a hand. An enterprising pigeon was busy building a nest in the empty space.
There is a tiny mosque, Mezquita del Cristo de la Cruz, dating from about 1,000 ad.
Toledo is a beautiful town everywhere you look.
We loved Toledo. It is a pity we only had one day when there is so much to see there.