Four Continents 2012

Toledo: 5-7 September

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  One of the old gates of Toledo. *
  General view of the town: it rises steeply to its summit at the Alcazar. *
  The Alcazar seen from across the River Tagus. *
  Memorial at the Alcazar to those killed in the Spanish Civil War. †
  Toledo Cathedral. *
  A glimpse of the Cathedral spire through an alleyway. †
  And another one. The streets are so narrow that it is almost impossible to see the whole cathedral from within the city. *
  The Cathedral has interesting carvings, statues, and windows. *
 
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  An El Greco painting in the sacristy. There were a dozen of them, but most of the tourists ignored them as "just more paintings". *
 
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  Extraordinary decoration: not easy to photograph because of the extremes of lighting. *
  One of the side chapels. †
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  The Town Hall. *
  Towards the end of our first day, we managed to find the El Greco Museum, with many of his works. *
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  The next morning, we wandered the narrow streets. *
 
  Then to the Monastery of St Juan de Los Reys, built around a beautiful cloister. †
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  We also visited the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. This was a mosque that became a synagogue that became a church: it still looks like a mosque. *
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From Toledo, we moved on to Segovia.

 

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