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April 24, 2011
From journal Artful Madrid
Santa Ynez, California
April 17, 2006
From journal Spring Break in Madrid
October 5, 2001
A natural fortress encircled by monumental walls in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, the medieval city of Toledo represents the coexistence or succession of different cultures: Roman, Jewish, Visigothic, Muslim and Christian. A national landmark, the city that so inspired El Greco has remained relatively unchanged since the 16th century. Walking through its giant labyrinth of streets that are barely wide enough for a man and his donkey, much less for an automobile, one feels like having stepped back into the Middle-Ages
The city of Toledo has many religious temples of the three main cultures that coexisted here, Jewish Synagogues, Islamic Mosques and Catholic Churches of which the Cathedral is an absolute "do not miss". The major city attractions are near the city central hill. Plaza Zocodover is the center of the town’s life. Here is where old men come to talk politics and read newspapers, old women to gossip, youngsters to show off their new tricycles.
Today, Toledo is a very provincial city. You will find plenty of tourists visiting the city during the daytime, but apart from visiting the monuments there are not many other things to do. Contrary to Madrid, the night brings quiet to the streets of Toledo.
The city of Toledo is well known for its souvenirs, the damascene Swords and Knifes and armors. The "Swords of Toledo" gave world-wide fame to its steel-production. You can also find many different iron sculptures, especially popular are the "Don Quijote de la Mancha" ones. Marzipan is the local delicatessen.
From journal Madrid, the city that never sleeps