It took three visits to Toledo for me to finally gather a reasonable portfolio of shots of this wonderful town (my limited World Heritage feature is found here). And the town is more than deserving dedicated photographic efforts. It is full of narrow sloping street such as these…
…small shaded squares such as these…
…and eye-catching houses such as these.
Here is a scene from Don Quixote in colorful tiles at the entrance to an otherwise non-descript house.
A different tiled sign in the old Jewish Quarter.
Toledo Cathedral is one of the most impressive and important Catholic churches in the world.
The narrow pathways of the Jewish Quarter have various tiles embedded in the stones. Some depict a menorah, others says a word. This one says chai, meaning life.
And this means sephard.
Sinagoga del Transito is a museum of Hebraica and of Jewish history of Toledo.
In a courtyard of the synagogue, there is a sukkah exhibit.
A couple of interior shots of Sinagoga Santa Maria La Blanca.
This time around I finally stepped in to see the beautiful cloisters of the Monastery of Saint John of the Kings.
A curious little door next to the normal-sized one on a side of the cloisters. What might it be for?
The view over town towards the Cathedral and the Alcázar from the tower of the Church of the Jesuits.
The solar panels blend really well with the historic roofline, don’t you think? You obviously can’t begrudge people the desire to make use of modern technology even if they live within the boundaries of a historic monument, but something in me wants to tell them that they cannot do that. Surely, they are obligated to keep their locale pristine for my passing enjoyment…
A panoramic view of the surroundings from Mirador del Paseo del Tránsito.
And a view along Rio Tajo towards Puente de Alcantara.
Every time I come back to Toledo I realize that an intraday trip is not enough to explore all that is of interest in town. Sooner or later I will have to stay for a couple of days, to finally do it justice.
These and other pictures of Toledo can be found in my Flickr gallery.