Published by Antonio Tajuelo
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I spent Saturday afternoon with a friend in the city of Toledo, located 73 kilometers south of Madrid. Going by car the trip takes approximately 45 minutes. Alternatively, there is a line of high-speed train between Madrid and Toledo which takes you to Toledo in 33 minutes.
I feel lucky to live near a beautiful city like Toledo with a very rich culture. Toledo is an ideal place to spend a day or a weekend.
To go from Madrid to Toledo you can take the A-42 road, taking the 68B exit. Getafe, Parla, Torrejón de la Calzada and Illescas are the towns that you will find on the way.
The Toledo train station is a monument on its own. It started operating in 1919 and was restored in 2005 when Toledo was connected to Madrid by regional high speed Avant trains.
The Toledo station was built in neo-mudéjar style and has been declared of Good of Cultural Interest. Notice how there are many horseshoe arches on the wall.
The Toledo station is a terminal station, which means it is located at the end of a railway line. Terminal stations are usually very beautiful and more resources are used in their construction than in stations located in the middle of a railway line.
Several trains from Renfe Serie 104 on Toledo Station platforms. These trains run between Madrid and Toledo in 33 minutes, reaching a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The frequency of these trains is about every hour.
Toledo stands out as a city with a great history, especially rich during Middle Age, and by having an important metallurgical industry in recent times. These two factors are reflected in many souvenir shops filled with swords, shields and armors that can be found in the city.
Photos from inside of Toledo station. This station is beautiful in each of its details.
Old ticket offices at Toledo Station that operated during the twentieth century. Nowadays new ticket offices exist, but the originals are still preserved.
Lamp inside Toledo Station.
Toledo's old town is located on a 100 meter high hill. In ancient times it constituted an authentic fortified city that allowed greater resistance to military attacks. Today there are several sets of escalators to get to the old town.
Toledo had different names throughout its history. Two names that the city received during key moments of its history were Toletum, after being conquered by the Romans in 193 BC, and Tulaytula, name given by the Muslims in 711 AD.
The streets of Toledo retain a very special historical touch. Walking through them is much like walking through a huge open-air museum where you can find buildings, monuments and sites belonging to different epochs and different civilizations.
The Santa Leocadia Church was constructed in the thirteenth century using Mudejar style from Toledo.
Three very different cultures lived together for much of the Middle Age in the city of Toledo: Muslims, Christians and Jews. It's funny how this resulted in a building used for religious worship of Christians, but that follows the architectural style of the Muslims.
Some more photos from Santa Leocadia Church.
One of many narrow streets that you can walk if you visit the old town of Toledo. This is Garcilaso de la Vega Street.
Monument to Garcilaso de la Vega, a poet from the sixteenth century who was born in Toledo.
Walking Toledo we found this new church, San Román Church, also in Mudejar style.
Nearby we can find San Ildefonso Church, Jesuit, built in Baroque style.
Turists at the entrance of San Ildefonso Church.
Ceramic items in a souvenir shop of Toledo city. Notice the sun clock where Don Quijote and Sancho Panza appear ^^.
At this point we arrive to one of the most representative and important monuments of Toledo: the Santa María Cathedral. This is a huge Gothic building, built between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries using white stone. The bell tower rises up to 92 meters high.
The Cathedral of Toledo deserves a deep visit that I would like to make in the future. I'm sure there is much to see and learn inside.
Group of visitors taking a photo in front of the cathedral.
Toledo souvenir shops just in front of the cathedral.
A shop dedicated to the sale of knives and razors.
Rojas Theater, very close to Santa María Cathedral.
Plaza de Zocodover is the main square in Toledo old town. Here you can find -apart from many tourists- some restaurants, interesting buildings and bus stops.
Three women talking in Plaza de Zocodover.
After walking through the old town of Toledo, the city still had two things to offer me: its views from the top and the sunset.
In this picture you can see Tajo River as it passes through Toledo.
Getting out from Toledo old town at sunset.
A Citroen epoch car! ^^
Red sunset in Toledo.
From outside of the city you can see some illuminated buildings, like the Cathedral.
In this picture you can see The Alcázar during the blue hour ^^.
I hope you enjoyed with these Toledo pictures and hope you can visit it soon ^^.