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 Toledo is a magic place, probably one of the most spectacular cities in the world.

The buildings and winding streets contained within the old city walls hold hundreds

of years of history, and the River Tajo which runs alongside the city walls adds to its

charm and beauty.  The history of Toledo dates back to Roman occupation circa 192BC.

The ruins of the Roman circus are still visible just outside the walls of the city.

Kings from all parts of the world have had swords and sabers forged in Toledo

                   

The metal-working industry has historically been Toledo's economic base,

with a great tradition in the manufacturing of swords and knives.

Fred checked out the Sword shops.

                   

Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments.

Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews

lived together there for centuries, behind its walls .

                   

The Cathedral of Toledo is spectacular, even at night.

                   

Below - Theatre at night, and dinner at a fantastic vegetarian restaurant

                   

Below - We took a tram that circumnavigated the city and crossed the Tajo River for great views of Toledo

                     

Below, middle - The Alcazar (Castle) dominates the Toledo skyline

                   

Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches,

palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

                  

We snapped a lot of photos across the river from Toledo, on a tram stop.

                   

Below - Museum of Santa Cruz, a 16th century hospital

                    

Below - ceramic tile display at Museo de Santa Cruz

                   

Toledo is a great place to just wander on your own. We walked all over the city.

                   

There are stairways everywhere. We especially liked walking along the walls

                   

Everywhere we went in Toledo, brides were participating in photo ops.

                             

Below - Puente de Alcántara, the Alcántara Bridge,

originally built in the 3rd century by the Romans.

                   

Below -  We crossed the Alcántara Bridge and walked along the Rio Tajo (Tagus River).

                   

Toledo is a great place to lose yourself in it's medieval streets.

The city is surrounded by the River Tajo on three sides and two medieval

walls on the fourth side. The old city is relatively small and can be crossed

in 45 minutes, so you are never too far from the center.

When you want to head back, just head uphill and you are virtually

guaranteed to end up at the main plaza, Plaza de Zocodover.

                   

When we arrived back at the main plaza, there was a  mass rally against austerity.

                   

The Toledo railway station was designed by architect Narciso Clavería y de Palacios

in the Neo-Mudéjar style. The present station opened in 1919 or 1920, replacing the

original station. The central section is flanked by two side naves, one of which is

adjacent to the clock tower, which imitates the style of Toledo church towers.

                   

The interior of the station is as beautiful as the exterior, with carved wood, tile, and stained glass.