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Toledo is an impressive testament to Spain’s rich historical heritage. In a city that embraces the classic and the contemporary with equal vigour, visitors will be seduced by both ancient roman ruins and a vibrant and vivacious atmosphere that permeates the municipality. Over 2000 years of history comes to life in Toledo’s incredibly impressive skyline, a dramatic architectural array over which a stunning cathedral and pristine palace dominate; subterranean treasures reside beneath the cobbled streets while gothic glories glimmer in the midday sun.
One of Toledo’s most sophisticated symbols is its Gothic Catedral, a filigreed and fabulous structure whose splintering spires soar skyward. The cathedral is a dramatic display of ecclesiastical extravagance that dates back to the 13th century; within, baroque beauty reigns supreme and prismatic stained glass windows emit incandescent light onto the consecrated pews below. Toledo’s rich Jewish heritage is spoken eloquently of by the Santa Maria la Blanca, a sacred synagogue whose ancient origin makes it the oldest one of its kind in Europe.
Museo El Greco honours the work of one of the world’s most influential and imaginative painters; the traditional building is designed as an accurate reconstruction of the artists from home in Toldeo, and the artfully lit and airy rooms contain some of his most significant works. Those seeking to satisfy insatiable cultural cravings will be delighted by the Army Museum, a collection whose location rivals its excellent exhibitions. Housed in the majestic Alcazar Fortress, the museum boasts military memorabilia and an exciting collection of photographs.
For some of Spain’s most colourful and charismatic food, sample the Spanish specialties of Escuela de Hosteleria Toledo, a gorgeous gourmet restaurant whose perfectly presented dishes rival those of a contemporary art gallery. Sublime service combines with the inspiring innovation of this creative cuisine, ensuring the taste buds of diners will be dazzled and delighted. (Av. de Castilla la Mancha, 30, 45003 Toledo, Spain)