Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spain- Toledo

Madrid is the political capital of Spain, but Toledo is the religious capital of Spain. In the11th to14th centuries, Catholics, Muslims, and Jews lived in Toledo side by side. Jews were expelled from Spain by Queen Isabella in 1492. The oldest synagogue in Spain and second oldest in Europe is in Toledo. It was converted to a church after the expulsion, but still stands. We were stunned that in the reconstruction and reopening of this historic synagogue, they left the cross on the wall!
The cathedral is very famous as is Alcazar, both of which are pictured here.

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