Travel Pack: Excursion to Toledo, city of three cultures

Toledo Excursions

Duration : 1 day

Itinerary : MADRID -TOLEDO -MADRID

Toledo City of Three Cultures

A throughout its long history, Toledo has always been known as a city of tolerance or the City of Three Cultures, with the coexistence of Jews, Muslims and Christians.

The city was never a clearly divided by neighborhoods of each of the religions, but there are areas of greater influence of each.

Arabic Toledo

The urban structure of Toledo is Arab, with its narrow, winding streets, its houses whose roofs almost touch, but the windows never look ahead. Buildings that enclose public view your most precious jewels, the greenery-filled courtyards, tiled fountains. Of the dozen mosques that existed two left, the Cristo de la Luz, in the year 999 and the lathe, somewhat later.

The mosque was on the current site of the cathedral, but it seems that there was a remarkable building, only spacious to accommodate all the male inhabitants of the city. The area of ​​the Alcázar and the current Museum of Santa Cruz with its area adjacent to the Puente de Alcántara, had walls that separated the citadel itself, its garrison and palaces, the rest of the city.

The southern suburbs, adjacent to the river, were occupied by the tanneries, dyeing and other water-related facilities. It is assumed that there built his legendary aquatic watch and calendar Azarquiel the great astronomer.
Alfonso VI doors or hinge Vieja, the Vado and Alcantara and Twelve Cantos have Arab structures. The wheel on the banks of the Tagus, in the park Safont is inheritance Muslim irrigation techniques. But above all, the most obvious legacy is omnipresent Moorish aesthetics in architecture and decoration with the use of brick, masonry, interlocking the various arches, the wooden ceilings and rich plasterwork, used for centuries in all types of buildings , including the cathedral.