During your stay in Toledo, do not miss the opportunity to visit its cathedral. This Cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Toledo, it’s a Gothic architecture building whose construction began in 1226 under the reign of Fernando III the Saint. The structure of the building has a great influence of the best French Gothic of the XIII century, and it was adapted to the Spanish taste of the moment.
Ximénez de Rada, who was the Archbishop of Toledo for 40 years and the ones that followed him, were master builders who had worked or had experience in French Gothic. The cathedrals of Paris or Le Mans were their point of reference. Nevertheless, both by the influence of the Mozarabic rite, as well as by the Visigothic tradition and the Castilian liturgy, they accepted willingly the constructive solutions of these styles. The last Gothic elements occurred in the XV century, specifically in 1493 when the vaults of the feet of the cen- tral nave were closed during the kingdom of the Catholic Monarchs.
For 90 minutes, our guide will explain all the characteristics of this temple, considered the most representative of the Gothic style in Spain, and you will discover some of the secrets that this cathedral keeps inside, like the work of Caravaggio (oil on canvas of San Juan Bautista ) and El Greco, the altarpiece of the main chapel commissioned by Cardinal Cisneros or “El Trasparente” which is a model of baroque scenographic architecture.
Once we finish the visit, you will have free time to enjoy the Cathedral on your own.
- What To Expect- Gothic architecture.
- Headquarters of the Archdiocese of Toledo.
- Full explanation of the Cathedral and its history.
- What Is Included- Entrance to Toledo’s Cathedral.
- Bilingual guide.
- What Is Not Included- Optional tips.
- Hotel Pick up and drop off.