Collectible Souvenir of Toledo's Main Entrance Gate and an Iconic City Landmark
Toledo is an ancient city in Spain that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its important cultural significance as a former capital of the Spanish Empire and for its many notable historical landmarks and monuments. The Puerta de Bisagra depicted on this Worldwide Gifts refrigerator magnet is one of the most iconic sights of Toledo, and is in fact the very first sight seen by visitors to the city for hundreds of years.
This souvenir from Spain depicts the Puerta de Bisagra Nueva, the "New" Gate that was constructed in 1559 to differentiate from the "Old" Gate, Puerta de Bisagra Antigua, which was constructed by Alfonso VI in the tenth century. The newer gate was built into the city walls at a more accessible location and bears the coat of arms of Emperor Charles V. The portal is flanked by two guard towers and not only provides entrance into the city but also is in itself an imposing architectural achievement and tourist attraction.
More Interesting Attractions of Ancient Toledo
Before being designated a World Heritage Site, Toledo was known as an important Historic and Artistic Site. The Museo de El Greco is one of the city's most important museums and art galleries and houses many works by Spain's most notable painter. There are also many important historic religious sites in the city, Christian, Muslim and Jewish. The Tomb of Saint Beatrice of Silva at the Conceptionist Monestery is one such attraction, as is the Gothic Catheral, the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, the Santa Maria la Blanca, the Synagogue of El Transito and the Tornerias Mosque.
As a ruling city, Toledo is also home to many beautiful medieval castles, such as the Castillo de San Servando, the Galiana Palace and the Alcazar fortress.