Time in Toledo
Toledo, the first capital of Spain, was a perfect city to admire next after our visit to Madrid. When we arrived in the small city, I noticed the mix of Christian, Jewish, and Arab cultures. Walking through the streets made me feel like I had stepped back in time to the Middle-Ages because of the medieval architecture and the shops in multiple windows advertising the well known steel swords and armor of knights.
In this fortified town I was impressed by the beautiful artwork and gothic architecture in the Cathedral. I also enjoyed visiting the synagogue of Santa María in the heart of the Jewish quarter decorated by the Moors. Also I was amazed by El Greco’s famous masterpiece in the Church of Santo Tomé called “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz”. On a oil canvas his painting was breathtaking with bright and vivid colors and the division between heaven and earth.
Although we were only in Toledo for one night, I really enjoyed our visit and learned a lot about the history and culture of the city and its people.
– The above blog post and photo was contributed by Hannah Herrold, who studied abroad with ISA High School in in 2015. She visited Toledo with her group during the first few days of the program.