Once the capital of the Spanish Empire, Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the "city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries. Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of horseshoe-arched mosques, Sephardic synagogues and one of Spain`s finest Gothic cathedrals packed into its dense historical core with such a great diversity of artistic styles, that the old quarter is a real open-air museum, which has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site.
The ancient city of Toledo lies just south of Madrid. The town center sits perched on a hill above the Tagus River, looming over the surrounding countryside. Art enthusiasts should not miss out on Toledo`s incredible collection of works by El Greco. El Greco lived and created several of his masterpieces in Toledo from 1572 to 1614. Go to the Church of Santo Tomé to see his "Burial of the Count of Orgaz." In Toledo`s cathedral, you will get to see El Greco`s "Twelve Apostles and Spoliation of Christ."
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