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Castillo de San Servando, Toledo

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Castle Historic Site
Medieval times come alive at Castillo de San Servando, a regional landmark that figured prominently in El Greco's landscape painting "View of Toledo." Originally a Benedictine monastery, the structure became property of the Knights Templar in the 12th century. Templars turned the entire complex into a fortress meant to protect the area against possible Muslim attack, but the structure lost importance during the 14th century. Allegedly haunted by a mischievous knight, the castle remained neglected for several hundred years. Today, the renovated fortress houses a youth hostel, which makes a good base for day trips around the area. Before you head to Toledo, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Toledo travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Toledo has to offer, including Castillo de San Servando.
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Where to stay in Toledo

When visiting Toledo, staying inside the old city walls allows for on foot access to all of the area's historical landmarks as well as a tight network of shops, restaurants, and museums. Similarly, staying in the old center, which sits on a raised hill overlooking the city, avoids a daily hike to the city's main attractions. Many old buildings in the center have been transformed into boutique hotels and guest houses, allowing visitors to experience the rich historical heritage and beautiful architecture of the city.
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  • This old castle has been transformed into a bona fide youth hostel with main lounge, dining room (a building apart, downstairs), tv area, snack bar and café and dormitories and semi-private bedrooms. ...  more »
  • If the architecture of this Templar Monastery/fortress on the Tagus seems familiar, it is because it is prominently portrayed in El Greco's masterpiece "Skyline of Toledo" No entry, now a hostel.  more »
  • The place serves as a youth hostel and visitors are not allowed. However, you can take some good pics from outside. If you are close to the Alcántara Bridge and have some time give it a try.  more »
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  • Es un lugar con un encanto y vistas espectaculares.
  • It's gr221910657165eat! The experiencia was wonderful and i'm dure that
  • Its suck. really suck. They do not change money even 5Euro bills to coins. They said they don t have money, doesn t make sense at all. And I complained about it, they gave me coins. They lie to customers
  • Beautiful hostel in a castle in front of Toledo
  • With lovely surroundings, allowing you to enjoy a beautiful landscape of the old town of Toledo, in a captivating place, a perfectly care castle with well preserved exterior, is very easy to feel comfortable and integrated in the history of Toledo.
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