The Beauty that is Toledo

Toledo used to be the capital of Spain and is currently the prettiest city in the world—fact. Just kidding, that last part was my opinion, but the first part actually is a fact. Toledo was the capital of Spain until Philip II moved the capital to Madrid.

Toledo is filled with history, culture, architecture, art, and beauty. It is known as “The City of Three Cultures” because it was influenced by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. It was an incredibly important city in ancient times for commercial use and held the courts of many significant rulers. Because of this, you can still see so much of the historical presence still in Toledo today.

There are a great number of ancient monuments scattered across the city adding to the already natural beauty of the marvelously stunning city. From the clean streets to the striking views, to the fantastic food, Toledo might be my favorite city ever. Remember, I said might. Although I got lost multiple times on our two-day trip, I didn’t completely mind because everything was truly breathtaking.

We got to visit the cathedral, and got to see many art pieces including the paintings of el Greco (and I sincerely apologize for this, but I didn’t take pictures inside the cathedral but trust me it was gorgeous).

Toledo is an abundantly underrated city. I had never heard of it before I visited which means I probably wouldn’t have gone if it wasn’t included in our study abroad program. For all of its history and beauty, I think Toledo should be a more significant travel destination to people visiting Spain because it truly is magnificent.

I sincerely apologize for the quality of the photos, my camera was not on the right setting—something I realized after I left Toledo– so the pictures may look dark, but I hope I was able to capture the beauty of the city.

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Side note—on the way to Toledo we stopped at Los Molinos de Don Quijote de La Mancha and the view was incredible! Thanks, Katrina Miller for these photos!

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