Friday, January 20, 2012

Toledo






Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, has actually existed for much longer than that. It has been populated since the Bronze Age, and it was particularly important as a commercial and administrative center during Roman Times, when it was known as Toletum. It later served as the capital city of Visigothic Spain and it remained so until the Moors conquered the peninsula in the 8th century, when it became known as Tulaytulah (طليطلة).





This is the Alcázar, a fortification located in the highest part of Toledo. It was a Roman palace in the third century, restored under Alfonso VI & X (11th & 13th centuries) and then completely revamped by Alonso de Covarrubias in 1535 under Carlos I of Spain.





It now holds the Museo del Ejército (Museum of the Army) and the Biblioteca Autonómica (Castilla-La Mancha Regional Library).














We went to the Museo del Greco which, though built in order to resemble a home and to reflect the way in which the artist lived, was actually built in 1911 in order to house a number of his works which were, at the time, underappreciated (how?!).






The museum is built over the foundations of a sixth century home and a Renaissance palace in the Jewish quarter of Toledo, and it is the only museum dedicated to the artist (again, how?!).











I'm sure that it is, by now, blatantly obvious that I am in love with this man. And those hands!






4 comments:

  1. toledo is beautiful!
    it's one of the best places in Spain!
    love the photos!

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    1. It's so, so gorgeous. By the end of the day, I didn't even want to leave, haha. I plan on returning very soon and just keep exploring its little streets, it's so easy to get lost because everything is so pretty. Thank you!

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