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Catedral Primada, Toledo

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The centerpiece of the city and one of only three High Gothic cathedrals in the country, Catedral Primada was constructed using white limestone brought here from numerous quarries in the surrounding area. For many visitors, the highlight is the sacristy, with its impressive gallery packed with paintings by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Rafael, Zurbarán, and Velázquez. Begun in 1226 on the site of an ancient mosque, the imposing building was modeled after the Bourges Cathedral in France. Its monumental interior features heavy columns dividing the space into five naves, with several side chapels containing exquisite gold reliefs, huge oil paintings, and portraits of cardinals going back at least 500 years. Photography is strictly forbidden inside, though you can access the bell tower to snap a few shots of the historic city center. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Catedral Primada by using our Toledo travel itinerary maker.
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  • It's a good idea to use the audioguide which is free with admission. You learn a lot of things. In the sacristy Museum contains one of the two great El Greco of the city as well as other paintings by the same artist.
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  • Easy access, close to the Centre just up a hill to pass the time watching. Closure of the locker for access 4 in the afternoon. Visit to 6 in the afternoon.
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  • Extraordinary monument. Re-fuel in Toledo. The audio guide, included with the entrance, is very useful. Curious fat campaign visit.
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