Toledo, located not that far from Madrid, captures the old history of Spain with breathtaking scenery and traditional Spanish architecture. During my trip to Spain with the French and Spanish classes from my school, we had the opportunity to spend the day in Toledo. We left our hotel around 9:00 AM and it was about a 40-minute bus ride.
Once we arrived in Toledo we took a brief bus tour of the city and our first stop was at Mariano Zamorano Swords, which created authentic swords and other items out of Toledo steel. We got to see the blacksmith create a sword, and we got to get creative and try to create a design in a piece of steel (which was pretty awesome). Unfortunately, everything there was super expensive and I didn’t buy anything from there. However, there were a couple students that bought authentic daggers. And somehow when we were coming back into the U.S. they were not confiscated.
Continuing on, we visited the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue. It is considered to be the oldest European synagogues still standing. I found it to be very interesting, but to be honest, we visited a lot of religious sites and they started to all look the same. This place was unique, it didn’t have the same kind of architecture that the Catholic churches had.
Next we headed over to the Toledo Cathedral, and actually, this was one of my favorite religious sites. It was elegant and just plain gorgeous!
Overall, it was a very tiring day. We arrived back in Madrid around 3:00 PM and had the rest of the day to explore. I’ll be sharing more of my adventures in Spain another time.
Until then, happy travels!