Treading Toledo’s 2000-year history: Mosques, Monasteries & Synagogues



In this episode I pound the steep and winding cobbled streets of the former Spanish capital, Toledo to discover its incredibly rich and varied history. Once a city where Moors, Christians and Sephardic Jews all lived side by side.

Capital of Spain until 1563, when the honour passed to the backwater village of Madrid just 46 miles away, Toledo, in Castilla-La Mancha, has become a classic day-trip destination, just a half-hour hop from its neighbour by high-speed train.

But with its huge haul of churches and convents, mosques and synagogues the city deserves more than just a stop-off.

Places I visited in this episode…

  • Plaza Zocodover
  • Alcázar
  • Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo
  • Casco Historico and Judaría
  • Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes
  • Sinagoga del Tránsito
  • Iglesia de Santo Tomé
  • Santa María la Blanca (Ancient Synagogue converted into a Church)
  • Cristo de la Luz (Former Arabic Mosque)
  • Puerta de Valmardón/Bab Al Mardum

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