Toledo: A Religiously Diverse City

Last night, we got in to Toledo. It’s a medieval city that has recently been noted world-wide for it’s historic, cultural, and monumental importance.

The streets of Toledo

The streets of Toledo

Toledo was the first capital of imperial Spain.

It was also THE PLACE for coexistence between Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious communities.

You can walk from one side of town to the other in about 25 minutes.

While there, I saw:

San Juan de los Reyes: A monastery built for the Catholic king and queen, Isabel and Fernando, at the end of the 15th century.

It was built to commemorate their victory in la Batalla del Toro.

Inside the monastery

Inside the monastery

Inside the monastery

Inside the monastery

The manacles from the freed slaves are hung outside the church wall in loving memory.

Slaves' manacles hung outside church

Slaves' manacles on church

La Sinagoga Santa Maria La Blanca: A Jewish synagogue built in common Iberian Peninsula style. Later, it was converted into a Catholic church.

Inside the synagogue

Inside the synagogue

Iglesia de Santo Tome: A church that has one of the four most famous paintings of El Greco, “El Entierro del Conde Orgaz.”

La Mezquita de Cristo de Luz: A mosque built in the year 999 that was later converted into a church during the 12th century.

The mosque

The mosque

Inside the mosque

Inside the mosque

Original journal entry Tuesday, September 4, 2007


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