Toledo in Pictures

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The view of Toledo from the tower of the Iglesia san Ildefonso

 

 

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Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

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The gargoyles at the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

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This gargoyle was growing a little plant

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A typical street in Toledo

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The tower at the Iglesia de San Ildefonso

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A new friend at the tower of San Ildefonso

This weekend, we went on our first trip with the program. Instead of Segovia, this semester we went to Toledo. Toledo was the capital of Spain for many years until Felipe II decided to move the capital to Madrid. It’s an interesting (and very historical) city because of the mixture of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim cultures. Though there is still a separate “Jewish quarter,” the city is a great example of the Mudéjar style in which the Gothic cathedral and large synagogue have Arabic artistic influences. The city is very proud of its art, because El Greco also lived in Toledo after being sent away from Madrid by King Felipe. Overall, it was a beautiful, classically Spanish, history filled weekend.

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