Ah Toledo! What a great little town! Itâ€™s all walled in and itâ€™s like being in some sort of time warp back into medieval times. It was awesome! I loved it! And the cathedral - OH MY. Itâ€™s managed to somehow wipe my memory clear of all cathedrals past. A-MAZING. It had the most detailed altar Iâ€™ve seen to date, and so much gorgeous stained glass - itâ€™s all around you making the lighting and coloring inside the cathedral just seemâ€¦ magical. My favorite part is this area right behind the altar where all these figures are carved out and adorn the space all up along the walls and into a dome in the ceiling thatâ€™s brightly painted, and has more figures sitting around the edge and looking down at you while you look up at them. Itâ€™s justâ€¦ ridiculous.
And the crypt here is especially scary.
You couldnâ€™t enter this one, and I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d want to honestly as it looks more dungeon-esque with a wrought iron gate blocking steps that go down into an area so dark that you canâ€™t see pass the 3rd step!
even toledo's train station is adorable!
It was a really great cathedral though, and I totally get why itâ€™s on the list of a 1,000 places to see before you die. Unfortunately there were no photos allowed inside!!! I took a few from the exterior, although itâ€™s hard to get an idea of the size of the whole thing because itâ€™s so closely surrounded by buildings in this small town. But the funny thing to me was that the outside is nothing much, nothing fancy at all, but the inside takes your breath away! The detail, hard work and labor, and time and effort that goes into these cathedrals just astonishes me! Man religion is powerful to compel people to build such beautiful placesâ€¦
In Toledo I also discovered the art of damasquinos - which is apparently unique to Toledo.
Itâ€™s plates, dishes, paintings, jewelry, and all kinds of artwork made/carved/weaved out of gold thread, silver thread etcâ€¦ Itâ€™s insane - and handmade by the way! There is some stuff done by machines thatâ€™s cheaper to purchase, but a lot of it is handmade. And to see some of the folks in these shops working on these things, I mean itâ€™s just such meticulous work that I found it impossible and wouldnâ€™t have believed it could be done by hand if I didnâ€™t see it with my own eyes. Iâ€™ve decided that when Iâ€™m older and rich I shall go back and purchase some. :0)
lunch spot for the day... okay so maybe the outside is just as gorgeous as the inside!
So Iâ€™m kind of sad to leave Spain and the tiniest bit nervous to get to Portugal - itâ€™s like starting all over again! Iâ€™m finally getting by with my Spanish and Iâ€™ve got to start brand new with Portuguese!
Toledo Sights & Attractions review
Itâ€™s managed to somehow wipe my memory clear of all cathedrals past. A-MAZING. It had the most detailed altar Iâ€™ve seen to date, and so much gor… read entire review