One of Toledo's Most Iconic Sights Captured on a Collectible Refrigerator Magnet
This awe-inspiring image shows the beautiful Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo and is a splendid souvenir from Spain. The magnificent Roman Catholic church was built over a period of 266 years on the former site of a Muslim mosque. It is said to be the last and greatest of the Gothic cathedrals built in Europe, and is a spectacular place to visit for its historical, religious and architectural significance.
The Toledo Cathedral is also popularly called the Dives Toletena, which means the "Rich Toledan" in reference to the magnificent opulence of the white limestone structure, its soaring towers and intricate ornamentation. The ornate style of the building did in fact demonstrate the wealth and power of the city of Toledo during the period of its construction. The church is filled with great works of art and stunning sculpture that compliments the beauty of the facade.
More Interesting Historical Religious Sites in the City of Toledo
Although the Cathedral of Toledo is the city's most notable religious landmark, there are many other important historical religious sites that should be visited if time allows. For instance, the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, the Monastery of Saint John of the Kings, is not nearly as grand as the Toledo Cathedral but is still definitely worth a visit. The upstairs cloister area features an authentic mudejar ceiling that is both impressive and beautiful.
The El Transito Synagogue and the Sephardic Museum is a large and elaborate Jewish church with a museum dedicated to the history of Spanish Jews. The Synagogue of Saint Mary the White (Santa Maria la Blanca) features amazing Islamic architecture in a building that has served all three major religions in Toledo, Christian, Muslim and Jew.