Toledo is an ancient city set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. The capital of the region, it’s known for the medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments in its walled old city. It was also the former home of Mannerist painter El Greco. The Moorish Bisagra Gate and the Sol Gate, in Mudéjar style, open into the old quarter, where the Plaza de Zocodover is a lively meeting place.













   







  

                                                                                              Church of San Lorenzo

 








The City's Main Square, the majestically named Plaza de Zocodover


 









El Transito Synagogue





The Burial of the Count of Orgaz is one of El Greco's main paintings






The Santa Maria la Blanca
 


The Santa Maria la Blanca in Toledo (Literally translated as “St Mary the White”) is one of the oldest synagogue buildings in Europe and one of the most beautiful that I’ve seen. Its rather plain exterior is a huge contrast to what lies within – lovely horseshoe arches, white pillars with ornate Mudéjardecorations and decorative tiles offseting the dark red flooring.

This former Toledo synagogue has a rather unusual background. It was designed by Moorish architects for Jewish use and its construction took place in the 13th century, during the time of the Christian Kingdom of Castile.









Narrow Side Street



Lunch in La Mancha Country outside Toledo
 








Cengiz Aras, Flotours Owner



  





















Karen Vlach after lunch







Gena Fischer