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 of Toledo Cathedral
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 at Toledo Cathedral
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
|Names:||Catedral de Toledo · Toledo Cathedral|
|Styles:||Gothic; Baroque style|
|Visitor and Contact Information|
|Coordinates:||39.857129° N, 4.023678° W|
|Address:||Cardenal Cisneros 1|
|Hours:||Mon-Sat 10:30am-6pm; Sun 2-6:30pm|
|Lodging:||View hotels near Toledo Cathedral|
- Personal visit (April 2, 2007).
- Cathedral of Toledo - Archdiocese of Toledo
- Toledo - Cathedral - Planetware (see also Cathedral Map)
- Fodor's Spain
- Catedral - Frommers.com
- Toledo Cathedral - Spain Office of Tourism
- Capilla de San Blas de la Catedral de Toledo - Spanish Wikipedia
- Transparente - Web Gallery of Art
Map of Toledo Cathedral
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