1. Sacred Destinations
  2. Spain
  3. Toledo
  4. Toledo Cathedral

Toledo Cathedral

Toledo Cathedral by night. Photo © Ram. View all images in our Toledo Cathedral Photo Gallery.
West front and plaza. Photo © Adrian Fletcher.
Elaborately carved central west portal. Photo © Derek DeVries.
North transept with rose window.
South transept and rose window.
The magnificent Coro (choir) was carved in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Lower tier of choir stalls, showing the Catholic defeat of Granada.
El Transparente and the Capilla Mayor.
The Capilla Mayor.
The impressive gilded altarpiece in Capilla Mayor.
Capilla de Santiago, with tombs of Mr. and Mrs. Álvaro de Luna (1488).
A colorful Lamentation scene on the outer west wall of the Coro.
Star of the treasury: 15th-century gilded monstrance.

Toledo Cathedral in Toledo, Spain, is ranked among the greatest Gothic structures in Europe. Inside, the cathedral contains important masterpieces including a spectacular baroque high altar and two paintings by El Greco.

History

Toledo Cathedral stands on the site of the Great Mosque of Toledo, which itself had replaced a Visigothic church. Built from 1226 to 1493, the long process is reflected in Toledo Cathedral's variety of styles.

Many historic events have been hosted in the cathedral over the years, including the proclamation of Joanna the Mad and her husband, Philip the Handsome, as heirs to the throne of Spain.

What to See

The primarily 13th-century architecture of Toledo cathedral was inspired by the Gothic cathedrals of France such as Chartres, but the squat proportions give it a Spanish feel, as do the wealth and weight of the furnishings and the location of the elaborate choir in the center of the nave.

Quick Facts on Toledo Cathedral

Site Information
Names:Catedral de Toledo; Toledo Cathedral
City:Toledo
Country:Spain
Categories:Cathedrals
Faiths:Christianity; Catholic
Styles:Gothic; Baroque
Dates:1227-1493
Status:active
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Toledo, Spain
Coordinates:39.857129° N, 4.023678° W  (view on Google Maps)
Website:www.architoledo.org
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Toledo Cathedral

Below is a location map and aerial view of Toledo Cathedral. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.

References

  1. Personal visit (April 2, 2007).
  2. Cathedral of Toledo - Archdiocese of Toledo
  3. Toledo - Cathedral - Planetware (see also Cathedral Map)
  4. Fodor's Spain
  5. Catedral - Frommers.com
  6. Toledo Cathedral - Spain Office of Tourism
  7. Capilla de San Blas de la Catedral de Toledo - Spanish Wikipedia
  8. Transparente - Web Gallery of Art

More Information

Article Info

Title:Toledo Cathedral
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:01/15/2010
Permalink:www.sacred-destinations.com/places/toledo-cathedral
Link code:<a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/places/toledo-cathedral">Toledo Cathedral</a>